We all know that we need to do our part to protect the planet for future generations. But going plastic-free is difficult, especially if you’re a busy person. Many of the “convenience” products that we rely on every day come bound up in helpful, yet environmentally-destructive, plastic containers. It’s a problem.

The good news, though, is that there are still plenty of ways that busy people, like you, can go plastic-free. Check out these easy tips.

Carry a Travel Mug in Your Car at All Times

While coffee is a lifesaver in the morning, coffee cups are causing untold environmental damage. The problem with coffee cups isn’t so much the paper, but the plastic lining. Coffee cups use plastic to prevent the paper from getting soaked every time the barista fills them with coffee. The problem with this, of course, is that it means that the cup is no longer recyclable. You’ve got no choice but to throw it in the regular bin.

Busy people, therefore, should carry a travel mug around with them at all times. You can refill a travel mug as many times as you like with coffee from your favourite shop – no plastic cups required.

Buy Your Ice Cream in the Cone

If you’re an ice cream lover, then you probably buy it by the carton from the supermarket. The problem with this, of course, is that most containers are made from plastic. And even those that aren’t suffer from the same issue as coffee cups – the plastic lining.

Here’s an idea: instead of buying ice cream from the supermarket in big plastic tubs, buy it in cones from your local ice cream van. It’ll support the local economy and save plastic too.

Don’t Use Plastic Produce Bags

Those little bags for loose produce in the supermarket might be convenient, but they’re not doing the environment any help. Here’s an idea if you’re a busy person – order your shopping online and select “loose produce” as an option. You should be able to tell pickers at the supermarket to place your fresh produce in a crate, without bagging any of it.

Buy Plastic-Free Gum

If you like chewing gum on the go, then you’re not alone. But did you know that the majority of gum products contain plastic? When you think about it, it makes sense. Why else would it last forever stuck to the pavement?

The good news is that you can buy plastic-free gum that will biodegrade naturally, just like practically every other food product out there.

Buy Shampoo Soap Bars

Almost all shampoos come in plastic bottles. If you want to cut out plastic from your life, do you have to go without shampoo?

No, is the answer. You can now purchase shampoo soap bars. These bars look just like regular soap, but when combined with water, build up a thick lather that you can then use to wash your hair.

Carry Your own Straw

Plastic straws are a massive problem which we are all aware of. When you have a night out on the tiles take your own straw with you, this is a great way to reduce single-use plastic. We especially love these neon metal straws 🙂

So, there you have it: some ways to live an ethical, zero-waste, eco-friendly, plastic-free life, even if you’re a busy person.