House to Home Column: Easy ways to reduce home plastics

Interiors-obsessed Becky Pink shows us how we can cut down on plastics around our homes and help save the environment

We are lucky here in Milton Keynes that we have a good recycling service. But a lot of plastics can’t be recycled, so we are actively trying to reduce how much plastic we use in the first place.

Here are some easy swaps you can also try…

1. Refill cooking ingredients from My Refill Market

It’s the perfect way to cut down on the waste of plastic wrappers, as you just take your containers to be filled, and pay by weight. You can find them at markets in Olney, Newport Pagnell, Stony Stratford and Wolverton, but check the dates on their Facebook page first.

2. Cut down on cling film use with beeswax wraps

Mine are from the Beeswax Wrap Co. and are made from Cotswold beeswax and certified organic cotton, making them a great eco-friendly, sustainable alternative.

They come in lots of different sizes, to wrap up anything from a loaf of bread, down to the end of a cucumber. The only thing they aren’t suitable for is raw meat.

3. Greener laundry

I’ve swapped my old laundry detergent for an EcoEgg Laundry Egg. Just chuck it into your washing machine on top of the dirty clothes and wash as normal.

You can buy refills of the special pellets that go inside the egg, so once you’ve bought one plastic egg, that’s it. No more big plastic laundry bottles to recycle.

4. Use glass bottles

We’ve replaced our plastic sauce bottles with glass ones, as we’ve used them up. It’s much more effective to recycle glass than plastic, as it doesn’t lose its integrity no matter how many times it gets recycled, unlike plastic, which can only be recycled a few times.

You do have to store the bottles upside down, but I think it’s worth it! My next plan is to get our milk delivered in glass bottles.

Becky Pink is a freelance copywriter and journalist who blogs about her family, life and home at You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @pinkscharming.

This feature was published in the February 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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