Seven apps and sites to help you start living plastic free for 2019.

If you make any lifestyle changes in 2019, you’ve got to rethink your plastic habits. Do you still use supermarket bags? Disposable coffee cups? Plastic-wrapped snacks? Come on. Up your game. At the end of 2018, the UN Intergovernmental Panel released a climate change report warning that global warming will have a disastrous impact if nothing changes by 2030. Help curb the rising tide of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans by looking online at our favourite plastic-free sites and apps.

And Keep


If you care about buying things the right way, you will already know all about the brilliant shopping site And Keep which sells eco-friendly ethical purchases that protect our planet. Most products are plastic free, reusable and sustainable. So, ditch the cling film for beeswax food wrap, choose a bamboo toothbrush, buy reusable stainless steel straws and switch to reusable menstrual products such as a mooncup.

Tap


The new startup Tap hopes to stop people buying plastic bottles of water. Over 1 million plastic bottles are purchased every minute and nearly 80% of these end up in our landfills and oceans. The Tap app is considered the Google Maps for clean drinking water; it shows users nearby clean drinking water locations such as public water fountains, restaurants or shops where you can refill your water bottle.

The Milk Station Company


Imagine the waste created by single-use plastic milk bottles across the land? Discover The Milk Station Company, the UK’s leading milk vending machine dealer which allows milk producers to sell their product directly to the local public who bring their own reusable container. Buy the freshest milk available with real provenance that requires no packaging and hasn’t accumulated unnecessary food miles.

Faith in Nature


The future is all about the refill station. Buy, use, refill. No need to chuck the empty plastic bottle in the bin, which winds its way to polluting our ocean. Faith in Nature is a multi-award winning, UK based company has been making natural beauty and cleaning products for over 40 years. They sell their plant-based products in recycled plastic bottles that are not single-use because of their refill stations around the UK.

Images of Change app


Need motivation to give up plastic and change your lifestyle? Take a gander around NASA’S free Images of Change app which acts as a poignant reminder of how very precious our planet is. The app shows daily satellite shots of how different locations around the world are changing due to climate change, urbanization and natural disasters.

Water UK


The ambitious industry body Water UK has partnered with the Refill campaign to create a network of high street retailers, coffee shops, businesses and local authorities offering to refill water bottles in every English town and city by 2021.

My Plastic Free Life


Could you live life without plastic? We believe you could with a little help from a site created by Beth Terry, author of ‘How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and You Can Too’, which has a new chapter and foreword by musician Jack Johnson. This site offers hundreds of plastic-free or less plastic alternatives to guide you on your way. Buy ice cream cones (not tub), fresh bread (in paper bags) and milk in returnable glass bottles. Instead of plastic sponges, use vinegar and rags to clean the house and buy reusable stainless steel containers instead of tupperware.

January 2019