Reduce plastic waste-5 top tips for living a more sustainable life.

1. Drinks

Most of us know that bringing our own water bottle will reduce our consumption of plastic considerably. Here at Plush Tents we provide all of our guests with a Kilner Jar to be used throughout your stay and fresh drinking water is available for all.

Sometimes though, especially on a hot day a cold drink is just what you need!

Make your own juice or smoothie at home and freeze it in a jar( making sure you use a freeze safe jar and filling 2/3 full) before you go out. By lunchtime it will be a delicious slushy, just when you need your thirst quenched the most.

Choose aluminium cans over plastic bottles. Aluminium and other metals are easy to recycle and rework making them an excellent choice if you must choose a disposable drink. If recycling isn’t available where you are just take it home and do it there. Rates are rising each year and we now recycle 72% of the aluminium we use. Could we get it to 100% in our lifetime?

Make your own fizzy drinks with a soda stream and keep them in glass bottles in the fridge. Once finished the bottles can be cleaned and used again, or put into the recycling. Again, glass is much easier to recycle than plastic.

2. Beauty products

Beauty products are infinate and are often over complicated. Did you know that an avocado makes an excellent hair or face mask? What about taking a bath in oatmeal for dry, irritated skin? Coconut oil can be used to take your make up off, moisturise your skin, condition your hair, brush your teeth and to cook your dinner! 

Check out these simple, fun beauty ideas to try at home.

These brands have got it just right with their packaging, as well as their science.

Beauty can be luxurious and ethical.

3. Cleaning products

First of all ban the disposable wipes. There is no need for them and they are just waste, pure and simple. Make your own cloths from old sheets/t-shirts and use scrubbers made from natural materials.

Most household jobs can be completed using a combination of white vinegar, lemon juice, bicarbonate of soda. See here for some recipes to make your own effective and cheap products.


4. Go large

There are some excellent ethical cleaning and beauty brands on the market although many still use plastic. If you do want to stick with your favourite brand consider buying in bulk so you have one larger plastic container rather than lots of little ones. Perhaps share with a friend and fill up old bottles you have already.

If you have the space it makes sense to stock up on staples in large bags and then decant what you need into more manageable refillable jars. Things like pasta, rice, pulses, flour, nuts, seeds and dried fruit will last a long time. Buying bulk can be considerably cheaper than the small bags available in supermarkets allowing you to make better quality or organic choices.

5. Carry your own kit

Have the things you need to help you reduce your waste. This is a great activity for children as it allows them to get involved and take ownership of their own kit.

An example zero waste kit could contain:

A set of cutlery

A bamboo or metal straw

A plastic free lunch box or container such as a kilner jar

A cloth or string shopping bag

Smaller cloth bags or napkins to wrap produce in

A water bottle

A coffee cup

Heres a thrifty version

Some ideas of going zero waste with kids

And some pre made versions

Could you host a zero waste BBQ?

Summer is the perfect time to throw a fun zero waste party. If you are coming glamping at Plush Tents you can pick your own fruit, catch your own fish for the BBQ, buy meat and vegetables plastic free at the farmers markets or the farm shops and make drinks from fresh fruits and locally produced apple juice. We even have breweries and distilleries nearby so you could order a cask of ale to be delivered or buy some gin or vodka, all produced within a 10 mile radius. Fresh, delicious and with a low carbon footprint.

We would love to hear your ideas for zero waste. Come and inspire us and tell us how you reduce your plastic consumption whilst still living life to the full.