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Plas­tic chat

We’ve seen it in the news and all over our so­cial me­dia feeds – we’re all tak­ing steps to re­duce our use of plas­tic. In our new series, we share sim­ple swaps to help you along the way.

We’ve tack­led our on-the-go bev­er­ages with our re­us­able cof­fee cups and paper straws, but we’ve still got work to do when it comes to our at-home cup­pas.

You may have heard that most teabags con­tain plas­tic, which isn’t great news for tea drinkers or teabag com­posters. The so­lu­tion? Go old school! “Get a teapot and use loose-leaf tea,” says Martin Dorey, founder of the #2min­utes­o­lu­tion. “It’s also now pos­si­ble to buy plas­tic-free teabags.”

If you’re a cof­fee con­nois­seur in the mar­ket for a new ma­chine, plas­tic cof­fee pods are also some­thing to be mind­ful of. “Choose a cof­fee ma­chine that grinds fresh beans or uses loose-ground cof­fee in­stead,” ad­vises Martin. Find more tips in Martin’s new book, No. More. Plas­tic. (Pen­guin, £6.99).

On-trend tracker

If you’d like to track your health but don’t want to wear a techy watch, a tness tracker that’s fash­ion­able as well as func­tional might be for you. En­ter Bellabeat, a “tech driven well­be­ing com­pany for women”, who aim to cre­ate beau­ti­fully de­signed track­ing tech­nol­ogy. Their stylish sig­na­ture Leaf health tracker is de­signed to be worn as a bracelet, neck­lace or clip-on, and col­lects data on your ac­tiv­ity, sleep, steps and re­pro­duc­tive health. It cre­ates your own unique al­go­rithms to let you know how to man­age your self-care sched­ule and when you’re more sus­cep­ti­ble to stress – very handy head­ing into the fes­tive sea­son. Is it too early to put our request in to Santa?


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