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6 Simple Plastic Swaps YOU Can Make

Shows like Our Planet have highlighted the devastating impact single-use plastic is having on ocean wildlife. Here are some simple ways to help cut down your single-use plastic consumption.

Invest in a reusable bottle

In the UK alone we use 13 billion plastic bottles every year - and 7.5 billion of them end up in landfill, in the ocean, or being incinerated. In fact, they account for a 1/3 of all plastic pollution in the sea.

Save money by not buying drinks on-the-go and cut down on your plastic football by buying a reusable bottle. We've found 10 of the best reusable bottles, and they all raise FREE donations for charity when you click via Give as you Live Online!

Swap your cotton buds

They're small, but they make a huge difference. In fact, if Europeans chose paper stem or sustainable cotton buds over the plastic stem, it would stop 450 tons of plastic from harming the environment every single year. Paper stem cotton buds are easy to pick up - you can get 200 for just 75p from Sainsbury's!

Use a reusable tote bag

The use of single-use plastic carrier bags in the UK has fallen by a whopping 86% thanks to the carrier bag charge, which has also raised £66 million for good causes.

You can pick them up in most supermarkets or if you'd prefer something unbranded, you can get a set of 3 in a choice of 8 colours for just £3.95 from Amazon.

Ditch shop bought toilet roll

Honestly. Thoughtfully named Who Gives A Crap make 100% recycled toilet roll and paper towels that doesn't come wrapped in plastic AND they donate 50% of their profits to help build toilets - which is pretty amazing when you learn that 1 in 3 people don't have access to any kind of toilet. You can order yours here and raise a donation for your charity or here.

Swap your straw

Thankfully lots of restaurants and bars have already made the move away from harmful plastic straws, but if you're not keen on the paper replacements, why not keep your own reusable stainless steel straw in your bag? Home experts Lakeland have a pack of 6 (perfect for home too!) for just £5.99 here.

Stop buying cling film

If you're a fan of batch cooking (hero!) or make packed lunches for your household, swap your plastic cling film for a reusable wrapping. We absolutely love these cute Bee's Wrap reusable wraps from Lakeland. They come in an assortment of sizes, are made of natural cotton, beeswax, oil and tree resin, and are washable, reusable and compostable.

How else can I help the planet?

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Best bit? It never costs you a penny - the retailers pay us a fee when you click through to their site, and we pay this straight to your charity. No-brainer!

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