A few years ago, we all used single use plastic bags – now we think nothing of taking reusable bags to the supermarket. We need a similar cultural change in how we use other single use plastics, and it’s in our power to make that change.
Here are a few things you can do:
- Refuse the Straw – support the campaign by politely requesting that your drink be served without a plastic straw. You can find a list of St Albans and Harpenden businesses who only provide them on request, or just use biodegradables over here.
- Remember your Reusables – carry your own reusable coffee cup, water bottle, and straw (yes there are reusable straws widely available, made of silicone, metal and glass!). Download the Refill app to find somewhere to refill your water bottle. Check out our Plastic Free St Albans map for where you can get a takeaway coffee discount for bringing your own cup, or if you forget it, where you can get a compostable takeaway cup.
- Get Back to Glass – switch to having your milk delivered in glass bottles (it’s all done online now – check out Find Me A Milkman to find a delivery service), and look out for juices in glass bottles rather than plastic when you’re out and about.
- Reject the Wrapper – avoid excessive packaging at the supermarket, buy loose fruit and veg rather than pre-packaged, use St Albans’ fantastic biweekly charter market and farmer’s market, or refill your containers at bulk stores like Eat Wholefoods and the Refill Pantry.
- Bypass Bathroom Plastics – reduce your bathroom plastics by switching to shampoo bars (available at Lush in the Maltings) and traditional soap instead of liquid. Identify micro plastics by scanning barcodes using the Ban the MicroBead app, and check out St Albans’ very own WukaWear for a plastic-free period.
You can also help by spreading the word! Follow us on social media, tell your friends, and ask the businesses you visit to get on board with our campaign by reducing the single use plastic they provide.