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1 AVOID SIN­GLE-USE PLAS­TICS

The cul­prits here should be fa­mil­iar to ev­ery­one: car­rier bags, bot­tles and drink­ing straws. Pur­chase a ‘bag for life’, carry a re­us­able bot­tle, and sip drinks straight from the glass.

2 GIVE UP CHEW­ING GUM

Chew­ing gum is made from syn­thetic rub­ber – a plas­tic – and shock­ingly around 100,000 tonnes of the stuff is dis­carded ev­ery year. Is minty-fresh breath re­ally worth that?

3 GO ON A BEACH CLEAN

Or­gan­i­sa­tions like the Ma­rine Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety con­duct cleans up and down the coun­try, re­mov­ing rub­bish from the beaches and rais­ing aware­ness of the ocean en­vi­ron­ment.

4 RE­CY­CLE!

We’ve all heard this one by now, but cur­rently only a third of re­cy­clable plas­tic used by UK con­sumers is re­cy­cled. So swot up on your lo­cal rules and get into the re­cy­cling habit!

5 GO MICROBEAD-FREE

A UK ban is com­ing into force in 2018 for many prod­ucts con­tain­ing mi­crobeads. Be wary: it won’t cover ‘leave-on’ prod­ucts such as sunscreen and make-up, so read in­gre­di­ents lists.

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