July 05, 2021 At Northstone we create homes with an emphasis on sustainability; that means making homes and shaping communities that will thrive long into the future. We always think about our environmental impact, and know how important this is to people that make up our communities. There's plenty of simple changes we can all make to reduce our impact on the environment – limiting your use of plastic is a great place to start... With more than 400,000 tonnes of plastic produced each year, reducing plastic usage, especially single-use plastic will have a huge impact. As part of Plastic Free July, a month where millions of people around the globe say no to single-use plastic, we wanted to share some top tips for how to reduce your single-use plastic consumption, and in turn your impact on the environment. Carry your own bag Take a reusable bag everywhere you go. It sounds simple but making sure you have a reusable bag on you whenever you leave the house can save around 500 plastic bags each year from entering our oceans and landfill. Get milk delivered Whether you prefer dairy or a milk alternative, milk delivery is having a resurgence. Choosing a milk delivery service instead of buying milk from a supermarket not only helps you support local businesses, but also reduces your plastic consumption significantly. If you’re thinking of making the switch, remember a typical glass milk bottle is reused around 25 times, so you’re not only reducing your plastic consumption, but also the amount of glass you use! Take a reusable cup The majority of takeaway coffee cups have a thin plastic lining making them more challenging to recycle – as a result most of them end up in landfills. But if you need your coffee fix why not choose a more sustainable option in the form of a reusable cup? Many of these can last for years and can also be recycled once you’re finished with them – even better, lots of coffee shops offer a discount if you bring your own reusable cup, making it a win win! Fruit and Veg Typically in supermarkets fruit and veg will be plastic-wrapped or packaged. Where you can, choose loose fruit or veg and take your own reusable bags made of lightweight material to store or carry them in. If you’re struggling to find plastic-free produce at your local super market, why not visit your local farmers market, farm shop or greengrocer? Think refillable first For items that you buy multiple times, like washing up liquid, shampoo or shower gel, look for brands that offer refills. You can either choose your own bottles to decant into that complement your home décor, or reuse your existing bottles and chose refill pouches next time you run out – either way you’ll be making a big difference to the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills. These are just a few simple ways that you can reduce your single-use plastic consumption without having to massively change your life, but the long-term positive impact of these small changes on the environment will be huge.