4 Things I Never Leave The House Without
When trying to live in a more ‘zero-waste’ way, preparation is key. It’s very easy (especially at the beginning) to be caught out, so don’t be too hard on yourself, but the more you get into a routine, the easier life becomes. My handbag is my saving grace most days, as within it lurks 4 everyday items that give me the power to say no to single use plastics. Read the list below to find out what they are…
The first thing I never leave my house without is my reusable coffee cup. I personally have a KeepCup but there are countless brands and styles to choose from (full list on this coming soon). This is one of the easiest ways to avoid being reliant on single-use plastic when you’re out and about. I haven’t ever come across somewhere that doesn’t accept them and, happily, a lot of places even offer you a discount for using them (hurrah!). One thing to be mindful of is making sure you local coffee shop isn’t making your coffee in a disposable cup, pouring it into you KeepCup and then immediately binning the paper cup. This, of course, defeats the purpose of using the reusable in the first place, so make sure the server knows to make the coffee directly into your cup!
2. Water Bottle
The second thing that always comes with me on a day out is my reusable water bottle. I actually have two of these - one huge one for my desk at work or for longer, more intense walks, and one small one that fits neatly inside my handbag. Both are lifesavers! If you leave the house with it full, you’re set for a least a portion of the day, and it’s been very reassuring to see how many local areas and businesses have bottle-filling facilities where you can top up your bottle as your day goes on. Being able to cut out single-use plastic bottles is wonderful so making sure this always goes into your bag before you leave the house is a great first step to cutting down your waste.
3. Reusable bag
Plastic bags are one of those things that everyone is hyper-aware about these days, which is great. Leaving the house with a reusable tote bag / carrier bag or even an old plastic bag, means you’re never going to be caught off guard at the shop and be tempted to buy a new one to save you walking home, arms laden with loose groceries. This will save you money as you’ll be skipping the plastic bag charge at the till, and you’ll be amazed how many times having an extra bag tucked away comes in handy! Most people own a tote bag of some sorts already, but if you don’t make sure you buy something sturdy, comfortable to carry and, ideally, something compact that can pop into you day bag without taking up too much room.
4. Cutlery set
Having a reusable cutlery set in your handbag is so useful! Being able to turn down all of those pesky single-use spoons / forks / straws is a real waste saver. Get a set that covers everything - mine has a knife, fork, spoon, straw and straw cleaner, and sets me up nicely for day-to-day use. You can get sets with chopsticks, with sporks and you can buy them in a range of different materials (bamboo is a great bet). You can, of course, also simply create your own set using cutlery you already own or cutlery you find in a charity shop. So long as you’re not averse to carrying slightly heavier items, this is perfectly acceptable and may save you a little money too, compared to buying new.
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