House to Home Column: Easy plastic-free home swaps

Interiors-obsessed Becky Pink has found more easy ways we can help reduce single-use plastics in our homes

In my last column, I shared a few ways to cut down on single-use plastics in our homes. Well, I have a few more for you!

1. Try a plastic-free delivery box

First up is a plastic-free fruit and vegetable box, from Harvest of Olney. They deliver a gorgeous box of fresh, seasonal produce to homes in Olney and the surrounding area.

There is no plastic in it at all, and you leave the wooden box out for them to collect and swap for a full one the following week.

2. Get milk in glass bottles

Sticking to the zero-waste delivery theme, I’ve found a milk (and juice) delivery service, with glass bottles. Milk & More are the only ones I found who deliver to Milton Keynes.

They reuse their bottles at least 25 times, before they are recycled into new ones. I think that’s so much better than the single use plastic bottles. They look and feel much nicer too!

3. Look for compostable packaging

I’ve discovered that the Daily Bread Co-operative over in Northampton have moved from plastic packaging to compostable packaging, made from renewable, sustainable wood pulp.

Do let me know if you know of anywhere in MK that does the same. I go to Northampton quite regularly for work, but it would be lovely to be able to support a similar place on my doorstep.

4. Use tea leaves instead of tea bags

Last year, I discovered that the overwhelming majority of teabags have plastic in them. I’d always put them in the compost bin, but now I realised I was adding micro plastic to our garden, without realising it.

I have switched to tea leaves and a tea strainer, and not only am I reducing plastic, it also tastes way better.

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

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