With our attention being increasingly drawn to the environment, it's becoming common for us to look for ways to reduce our use of plastic around the home.
Plastic pollution is proving to be an increasing problem in our oceans - in fact, there's currently around 245,000 metric tonnes floating in our oceans right now.
If you're looking for ways to cut your plastic consumption, look no further than these 7 tips from JunkHunters...
1. Buy carefully
Before starting your weekly shop, think about your shopping list and how you can avoid buying single use plastics. For instance, instead of buying bottles of water, invest in a reusable drink bottle. You should also avoid any packaged goods such as fruit and vegetables, and instead go for produce from the fresh section.
2. Go reusable
This one is relatively simple, yet it's still forgotten. People up and down the country have reusable bags but they still forget to use them. You can get around this by buying one and making sure you pop it straight into your car's boot once you've unpacked the shopping. Then, it's there and ready for use next time.
3. Say no to straws
Plastic straws are a functionless plastic that are starting to be banned in restaurants nationwide. That doesn't mean you have to go without - simply use paper straws instead, which also have the bonus of being recyclable.
4. Bulk buy
Buying your food in bulk results in less packaging compared to buying smaller amounts of food on a more frequent basis. Keeping food such as cereal in tubs can help to save both the environment and money in the long term.
5. Cook more
Start turning your back on those ready meals and takeaways that come packaged in plastic and instead cook from scratch - not only will you cut your plastic consumption, but you'll also save money and feel healthier for it.
6. Avoid microbeads
Microbeads can be found in face washes, toothpastes and other beauty items which typically get washed down the sink before ending up in our oceans. The size of the beads means they are often ingested by marine life, before they work their way back onto our plates.
7. Avoid wet wipes
Both wet wipes and baby wipes include plastic resins such as polyester - these clog drains when they get flushed down the toilet.