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  1. If, like many of us, you like to start your day with a quality caffeine fix it is a great idea to take your own ‘to-go’ cup. Currently, most coffee outlets are unable to recycle the ones used. Many stores will offer a discount to those taking their own cup too.
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  1. If you are more of a tea drinker, make sure the bags you use at home are biodegradable. Many don’t realise that tea bags have a microplastic coating which makes them harmful to our environment.
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  1. Pick up a piece of litter each day. Decide on a realistic figure, depending on the amount of time you spend outside, then commit to picking up that many per day. Imagine the difference if everyone stuck to this rule!


  1. When making weekly purchases read labels and stick to recyclable packaging and products as much as possible. Water and milk can be bought in glass bottles, foil can be purchased in replacement of clingfilm. Bamboo toothbrushes can be purchased over plastic ones and reusable razors are also available.


  1. Even better, head to a waste-free store. The Clean Kilo is a great example of a locally placed venture. Digbeth’s fairly new addition has received high praise for its commitment to the environment, proving just how painless going plastic-free can be!
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  1. Maybe a fairly obvious one considering the spate of publicity last year. As you will know, many an establishment have ditched plastic straws for paper. Do your bit and purchase a reusable straw and cutlery to carry around. Better still, carry your own containers as some eateries will box up your food, if asked, instead of using wasteful materials to do so.
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  1. Soak with soap! Instead of washing hands or dishes using liquid cleaners, which are usually packaged in plastic, start opting for a bar of soap instead. This counts for shampoos and shower gels too. Lush do wonderful bars to replace these.


  1. Avoid buying frozen foods as they are more likely to come in packaging that is tricky to shift! Instead only buy what you need in small quantities at green grocers. This not only limits the waste but also means you will be eating a lot healthier.


  1. Carry a tote with you at all times. You never know when you may need to pick up something last minute. Save yourself some pennies spent on a no-good plastic bag and stuff your reusable and fashionable accessory to its brim!
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  1. Avoid chewing gum, or at least use biodegradable versions. You may be unaware, but there are synthetic ingredients in gum that are bad for the environment. Next time read labels and make an educated choice!
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