PLASTIC is not so fantastic when it comes to the planet.
Ditching it is something positive we can do for the environment — but many assume going “eco-friendly” will be more costly and less convenient.
10 Ditching plastic and going eco-friendly doesn’t have to cost the earthCredit: Getty – Contributor
This week, some Sainsbury’s stores rolled out “reverse vending machines”.
They pay shoppers 5p for every plastic bottle or drink can they recycle and more are planned this year.
If your nearby store has not yet got one, you can still do your bit and save money with my savvy swaps.
Clean up: Shampoo bars will typically last two to three times longer than a traditional plastic bottle of shampoo. They cost more initially but will save in the long run.Prices can range from less than £5 to more than £10. A £3 bottle of shampoo every month will add up to £36 a year. But buy a £5 Mop Top shampoo bar from Primal Suds every three months and that will cost you £20 a year — £16 less.SAVING: £16 a year
Bottle it: If you buy water for lunch every working day of the year, then you are racking up around £260 based on a typical £1 bottle.Making the simple swap to a reusable metal bottle will not only save you hundreds and save on plastic, it will also keep your drink cooler.You don’t even have to spend a lot on the bottle. Aldi has stainless steel water bottles for £3.99.SAVING: £256 a year
Cup winner: Try switching to a reusable coffee cup. Many shops offer a discount if you take your own reusable cup. Starbucks gives 25p off.SAVING: Approx £65 a year
Sling the cling: Switch to reusable beeswax wraps that will protect your food the same way.There is a larger cost at first, as each wrap costs £3 to £6, compared with about £1 for a small roll of clingfilm. But they can be used again and again. See Amazon.co.uk.SAVING: About £12 annually
Sainsbury’s will pay you 5p for every plastic bottle or drinks can you recycle
Deal of the day
10 Whitley Neill’s Parma Violet flavoured gin is now just £21 at Tesco
YOU can get all kinds of flavoured gin now. I like Whitley Neill’s Parma Violet, down from £26 to £21 at Tesco.SAVE: £5
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10 Magnum Double Chocolate Deluxe ice cream is now £2.50 at Sainsbury’s
INDULGE in a tub of Magnum Double Chocolate Deluxe ice cream. Now £2.50 at Sainsbury’s, down from £4.25. But hurry, deal ends today.SAVE: £1.75
My Sun Savers fiverJOHN CHAPMAN, of Wisbech, Cambs, says: “I’m going to save up my Sun Savers fivers to treat my wife for everything she does for me.”
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10 These on-trend red sunglasses are £22 at Oliver Bonas
10 But this similar pair from Primark are just £2
COLOURFUL sunglasses are a huge trend. Pick up this Primark pair for just £2. They look a lot like a £22 pair at Oliver Bonas.SAVE: £20
Shop & save
10 Goodfella’s margherita stone baked thin pizza are three for £5 at Iceland
STOCK up your freezer with Goodfella’s margherita stone baked thin pizzas, which are on a three for £5 offer at Iceland. Usually £2 each.SAVE: £1
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10 Enterprise Car Club is offering a free tastecard worth £79.99, and £20 driving credit, if you sign up
Enterprise Car Club is offering a free tastecard worth £79.99, and £20 driving credit, if you sign up. For details, see enterprisecarclub.co.uk.
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