Sunday, 23rd May is World Turtle Day

By The Modern Milkman on May 21st, 2021

Get your turtle necks on and celebrate

What better way to celebrate than by reducing plastic waste together? According to an international study, 52% of the world’s turtles have eaten plastic at some point in their life*. A plastic bag may not sound like a great afternoon snack but, to a turtle, they look just like jellyfish, their favourite food! 

So how can we help? 

We need to keep plastic from entering the turtle’s habitat in the first place. The easiest way to do that is by limiting our plastic consumption. Going entirely plastic free is a huge challenge, but by starting small and slowly removing it from your life, you’ll soon find you’re throwing less and less plastic into your bin.

Here are ten simple ways to avoid single-use plastics in your household 

  1. 1. Buy plastic-free groceries

We have plenty of plastic free grocery options – from returnable milk, fizzy pop and juice, to fresh fruit and veg boxes – delivered straight to your door!

  1. 2. Use refillable personal care and cleaning products

Our friends over at Miniml are revolutionising the way we buy our household products and toiletries. Their refillable products are the perfect way to live a clean, eco-friendly life (and you can order them directly from us!).

  1. 3. Carry reusable straws

Paper straws are becoming the norm in restaurants and cafes, and now you can buy your own sustainable straws made of metal or bamboo. Some even fold up for the perfect on-the-go option. 

  1. 4. Invest in reusable face masks

Face masks aren’t going away anytime soon, so it’s probably time to invest in a cloth mask, if you haven’t already. The fun colours and patterns can make a great fashion statement. 

  1. 5. Bring reusable cutlery

Visit your favourite local takeaway without the worry of using plastic cutlery. You can get small sets that fit easily in your pocket, so you don’t have to use a 5p plastic fork with your chips with gravy next time. 

  1. 6. Keep reusable shopping bags

We’ve all been guilty of forgetting our reusable bags while doing our weekly shop, so it’s a good idea to keep extra ones in the back of your car, or foldable ones in your pocket. That way, if you’re in a rush, you’ll always have your reusable shopping bags handy. 

  1. 7. Carry a reusable water bottle

It’s 2021, time to ditch the single-use plastic bottle. It may be annoying to lug a huge metal bottle around, but there are so many other options out there. You can even get collapsable ones that fit in your pocket, and cafes will usually fill them up free of charge.

  1. 8. Ditch the dish sponge

Did you know dish sponges are made of plastic? Try using loofah sponges as an eco-friendly alternative, or opt for wooden dish brushes. They’re sturdy and provide excellent scrubbing action.

  1. 9. Avoid cling film

Need to save that last bit of your Sunday roast? While it may be convenient to reach for the cling film, you could try a plastic free alternative like beeswax food wraps. They come in loads of sizes and fabrics, and are cute as well as sustainable!

  1. 10. Use a sustainable toothbrush

Keep your teeth sparkling with eco-friendly bamboo toothbrushes. You can now find them at most retailers, and they even come in different brush colours! 

Going completely plastic free is difficult, but not impossible. By making small changes in our daily lives, we can save plastic waste from reaching landfill, oceans and turtle habitats. And remember, you don’t have to go completely plastic free all at once! The turtles and the planet will thank you for every piece of plastic saved. 

Happy World Turtle Day!

*World Wildlife Federation, ‘What do sea turtles eat? Unfortunately, plastic bags.’ 

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