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Hate Single-Use? Ditch The Disposables For These Great Materials


Person with blue glove holding yellow plastic straw found washed up on a beach; demonstrating our single use plastic problem.

It's only one straw...said eight billion people...

It's a line you may have heard before. But it resonates like no other. Though here in the UK the likes of plastic straws are no longer sold or distributed in stores or restaurants, the problem of both their replacement and single-use plastics on the whole remains.

① Let's consider plastic straws...

...which may or may not still be easily available in your country. The replacement here in the UK is a paper alternative - straws so biodegradable they begin to fall apart while you're sipping...They are not the solution, so what is?! Our personal favourite, available here, is the stainless steel straw, chosen by us at ReLove as it does the best job of keeping your cold drinks cool and hot drinks from burning your lips. Other sustainable alternatives include glass, and even bamboo straws - choices we hope to be able to bring to you soon!

② Next up is that dreaded plastic wrap...

We at ReLove are driven, if by nothing else, to remove this commonplace disposable material from kitchens. It may do the job of covering your sandwiches and wrapping up that sliced up pepper you're not ready to eat yet - but it is horribly non-sustainable. Single-use? Check. Non-biodegradable? Check. Sticks to itself and everything else? Check. It really ticks all the boxes on a non-sustainable checklist. During product research in launching our website we took our time to measure up the alternatives, coming to two conclusions, depending on what you want it to achieve. To wrap your food and keep it from going off, we recommend the reusable beeswax wrap, available here. An ultimately compostable material, beeswax wraps keep your foods fresher for longer and are made with all natural organic materials. Just wash after each use and you can tick plastic wrap off your shopping list, period. Another great alternative material to get plastic wrap out of your life forever is silicone, specifically silicone stretch lids, available here. While not biodegradable, we chose them as part of our collection as they are a long-term reusable alternative to its single-use predecessors.

③ Last on the today's quick list are plastic bottles...

...and by association plastic bottle lids. While we do not yet offer an alternative on site (something we will look to rectify soon) there are loads of simple things you can do to reduce your intake. The easiest one when it comes to is to replace it with glass. Glass is a material that, unlike its plastic counterparts, can be broken down and remanufactured into another bottle almost 'endlessly', so long as it is disposed of correctly. If you aren't already, make sure to take your used glass jars and bottles to local glass bins where available; they're one of the most recyclable materials out there!

Then there's the small changes...

Things like remembering to bring your 'bag for life' to checkout so you're not sentencing ANOTHER plastic bag to landfill. Or, if you don't mind changing your purchases, looking for products with less plastic packaging or better yet those that offer refills. Here in the UK, supermarket chain Asda is at an exciting forefront; trialling loose coffee, tea, pastas, cereals and plastic-free 'naked flowers', actively encouraging shoppers to bring their own containers in an effort to affect their behaviours and thus reduce their plastic intake. Here's hoping it succeeds!

 

Here at ReLove, we have carefully and specifically chosen each product in 'The Collection'  for their reusable or sustainable qualities. We want to do our part in reducing the single-use plastic problem we have globally, and hopefully with persistence and a wide range, we can do just that. We are always looking to expand on what sustainable alternatives we can offer sustainable superheroes like you, if you have any suggestions of things you would like to see, please reach out via Messenger (bottom right) and we will look into adding your suggestion to the collection!

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