Single-use plastics get the boot in the UK and EU

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Around here, we get pretty excited when efforts to reduce waste come into play. Needless to say our excitement peaked when we heard that the European Union and the United Kingdom both announced their plans (in the same week) to ban single-use plastics such as straws, cotton buds, coffee stirrers, cutlery, plates and more. The bans will be put in place by 2020 in the UK and 2021 in the EU.


Reducing plastic waste is a movement that is near and dear to our hearts and we want to make it easy for you to reduce plastic in your day-to-day life. Here are some alternatives to single-use plastics that we carry:


Straws

Back in July, guest blogger Andrea Tomkins shared with us that Recipe Unlimited Corporation is ditching plastic straws in all their restaurants (including Swiss Chalet and Harvey’s) and adopting biodegradable paper alternatives by March of 2019.


Beyond paper, there are a few other fun alternatives to plastic straws including glass, stainless steel and silicone options. Some of our favourites include Stainless Steel Straws by U Konserve and these cute Silicone Straws by GreenPaxx.


With holiday hosting around the corner, serving up tasty drinks can be a little less wasteful with a little help from these Red Stripe Paper Straws.


Cutlery

When we’re on the go, we’re a big fan of BYOC - bring your own cutlery. Rather than reaching for that single-use plastic fork (yeah-the one that’s also wrapped in more plastic), whip out your travel set and dig in. Most travel sets come in little containers that help keep your purse or pocket clean. When you get home, toss both the case and the cutlery in the dishwasher (or hand wash), it’s easy!


Some of our favourites are the Stainless Steel Cutlery Set by Onyx and the Hijiki Bamboo Cutlery Sets by ToGo Ware.



And so much more…

There are endless ways we can reduce single-use plastics in our day-to-day lives beyond straws and cutlery. Reusable food wraps such as Abeego beeswax wrap have been at the top of the trends lately, along with reusable snack and sandwich bags, and food containers. Completely switching off plastic can be a difficult feat, but small changes like using reusable straws and cutlery, are that slow and steady drip toward making a bigger impact for our planet.


Have a look at some more of our plastic reducing favourites.

Comments

  • Posted On December 11, 2018 by Anissa

    That is very good news. Another positive step to take would be to ban plastic bags at all supermarkets and stores. Personally, I always bring my own fabric bags along with me.

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