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Emily Andre’s 12 tiny tricks to cut plastic from your life for good

We’ve never been more acutely aware of the shocking impact of plastic on the environment.

The alarming issue and its effects on marine life were highlighted in the BBC’s Blue Planet II, and even this year’s Glastonbury festival put a ban on single-use plastics – it’s on everyone’s radar.

But is going plastic-free something we can all get involved in?

OK!’s Emily Andre has already started taking tiny steps towards big change, coming up with 11 easy ways to cut her plastic use.

As a busy doctor and mother of two young children, juggling everything be tricky enough. So for Emily, any new regime must be practical to become a habit she can stick to.

That’s why she was excited to try The Cheeky Panda’s luxury, plastic-free tissue range.

‘I’m always looking out for easy ways to swap products we already use for sustainable alternatives. This is our children’s future we’re talking about,’ the mum of two said.

GET BAMBOO-ZLED!

Eco brand The Cheeky Panda makes an amazing range of 100 per cent bamboo, plastic-free essentials including toilet roll, tissues and kitchen roll.

They contain zero microplastics and all the packaging is plastic free and biodegradable.

All The Cheeky Panda products are made of bamboo. Why? Bamboo is the world’s fastest growing plant, cut it down and up it grows again, unlike a tree which takes decades to grow back. In fact, tissue production has caused the loss of 27,000 trees every day.

Emily and her children were also reassured to know that The Cheeky Panda doesn’t use the kind of bamboo that pandas eat, so there’s no need to feel guilty!

And with each purchase, money goes to regenerate lost rainforest and stop animal snaring.

Bamboo is also naturally hypoallergenic and incredibly soft – even on baby and sensitive skin, who knew?

“My household gets through tons of these after spills and runny noses, so I’m really glad there is now a sustainable option,’ says Emily, adding: ‘And I’ve found that The Cheeky Panda subscribe and save option is an easy way to make sure we never run out.”

And that’s not the only nifty trick she’s got up her sleeve to kick plastic to the kerb…

1. BUY LOOSE PRODUCE

Choose unpackaged fruit and vegetables.

2. IT’S A WRAP!

Swap plastic food wraps for reusable wraps and washable food bags for sandwiches and leftovers, find out more at friendsoftheearth.uk.

3. CHOOSE REFILLS

Use refillable cleaning and beauty essentials.

4. GO FOR GLASS

Buy products in glass jars or bottles as these are easily recycled.

5. BAMBOO IS BEST

Swap plastic toothbrushes, razors and make-up containers for the bamboo variety and search the plastic-free options at www.thecheekypanda.co.uk.

6. IT’S IN THE BAG

Pack a reusable bag each time you go shopping.

7. WAY-TO-GO WATER BOTTLE

Buy reusable water bottles to refill – give kids their own, too.

8. SUSTAINABLE STRAWS

Choose paper or washable metal straws.

9. BE COFFEE CLEVER

Swap your single-use coffee cup for your own reusable cup. Most coffee bars give a discount for this – win, win!

10. NAPPY KNOW-HOW

The new generation of cloth nappies cut down on landfill!

11. GO FOR WOOD

Use wooden spoons and utensils in the kitchen.

12. SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE

Join Emily’s family in helping to reduce your plastic consumption by buying in bulk. This also reduces the carbon footprint of shipping the products.

Go to www.thecheekypanda.co.uk and search the plastic-free range to get great ‘subscribe and save’ bundle offers delivered directly to your door.

THE CHEEKY PANDA ARE OFFERING 50 PER CENT DISCOUNT ON YOUR FIRST PLASTIC-FREE BOX FROM WWW.THECHEEKYPANDA.CO.UK. VALID UNTIL AUGUST 31 2019. USE DISCOUNT CODE ‘OK!’.

*OFFER VALID UNTIL AUGUST 31, 2019. ALL OFFER CODES ARE APPLIED TO THE VALUE OF THE ORDER, EXCLUDING DELIVERY COSTS AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHEEKY PANDA GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS. OFFER CODE MUST BE ENTERED IN TO THE VOUCHER CODE FIELD AND APPLIED FOR THE DISCOUNT TO BE DEDUCTED FROM THE ORDER. UNLESS STATED DISCOUNTS CANNOT BE COMBINED AND ONLY ONE OFFER CAN BE APPLIED TO ANY ORDER.

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