5 easy ways to go plastic free on World Environment Day (and every other day)
It's World Environment Day tomorrow (5 June) and the theme for this year is “Beat Plastic Pollution”, which is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time. There's definitely a lot more awareness education that needs to be shared, and Singapore has a long way to go when it comes to reducing plastic bag usage and snapping out of a single-use plastic culture.
The good news? It starts with you. You can still do your bit for the environment simply by making a few small changes to your everyday life. Try these nifty tips below.
1. Take your own bags when you go shopping
One of the easiest ways to be environmentally friendly is to cut down on your use of plastic bags. We recommend picking up a few reusable bags from Baggu, which fold down to nothing and come in a range of fun, fashionable colours and designs. The standard Baggu is durable, lightweight, and can hold two to three times more than a traditional grocery bag.
2. Invest in a reusable coffee cup
Think about how much coffee you drink every day. Now, think about how many cups you throw in the bin. By investing in a reusable coffee cup like KeepCup, you can help stop sending more rubbish to landfill while still getting your daily caffeine fix. And we promise, even your local kopi uncle won’t mind filling it up.
3. Swap one bottle in your bathroom for a solid product
We send 80 billion plastic bottles to landfill annually from shampoo and conditioner alone. Ditching even just one bottled product in your routine for a solid alternative will save roughly six bottles per year. One of the easiest places to start is with a solid shampoo like the ones from Ethique (the world’s first zero-plastic beauty brand). Solid products last two to five times longer than bottled ones — they save water waste and there’s nothing left over to throw away.
4. Say no to the straw
Do you use a straw when you’re at home? No, we didn’t think so. But if you’re particularly fond of sipping from a straw when you’re out and about, grab a reusable stainless steel, glass or bamboo one instead. Neis Haus has plenty of great eco-friendly options — including ones for smoothies and bubble teas.
5. Stop using plastic wrap
Instead of using cling film to cover your food, try storing leftovers in a glass or ceramic container with a lid. Or, check out Bee’s Wrap, a sustainable and reusable alternative to plastic wrap. Instead of throwing it out once you’re done, simply wash it with gentle soap and cool water then let it air-dry ready to use again.
About Gracie Stewart
A born and bred Kiwi, Gracie Stewart has spent the last six years living over three continents and writing for publications such as Vogue India, Vogue Arabia, OliviaPalermo.com, Emirates Woman and Style.com. When she's not busy writing about 101 ways to banish spots and get glowing, Gracie loves travelling or researching new places to visit. She is also particularly passionate about saving our oceans and spends half her life underwater.