Single-use products are items that are used just once, sometimes only for a few moments, before being thrown away. And they’re responsible for huge volumes of litter and pollution.

Could you swap2save in 2021?

Join our swap2save campaign. Love the planet a little bit more AND save yourself money too. Swap single-use products for reusable items at home, work or school and save money* and the planet at the same time.

How many swaps can you make? Tell us. Sign our charter. To get you started we’ve got five simple swap suggestions for you.

Save the planet and your pocket.

*Savings may vary depending on the brand, purchase place, size and quantity of the single-use products you used before swapping for a reusable alternative.

+ Swap bottled water

Swap buying bottles of water when out and about for using the new Refill app. It’s free to download and free to refill in more than 450 locations across Norfolk.

In total, some 7.7 billion plastic bottles are bought across the UK each year. Plastic bottles can only be recycled 3-4 times before they become waste as the quality is no longer any good. Each bottle of water, drunk in moments, could pollute the planet for centuries.

A bottle of water costs about £1. By carrying your own and refilling for free, you’ll be saving money, and discovering new places you might not have visited before. Make this swap here.

Click here to find out more about using refillables safely during COVID-19

+ Swap Ready-made Sandwiches

Swap shop-bought sandwiches for a homemade packed lunch. There’s money to be saved, as well as the planet, by packing your own sandwiches in a reusable container.  Are you making this swap? Tell us here.

Here in the UK, we munch our way through 6 million shop-bought sandwiches, wrapped in single-use packaging, a day!

The average shop bought sandwich costs £2. A homemade packed lunch including sandwiches, a biscuit and a piece of fruit costs less than £1.50 a day, plus a bit of time and planning.

Click here to see how homemade lunches can save you money.

 

+ Swap Disposable Wipes or Cotton Wool pads

Switch to a flannel or washable make-up remover pads instead of wet wipes or cotton wool pads. Save the environment and your pocket.

Discarded single-use products such as wet wipes, cotton buds and plastic bottles make up 50% of the waste contaminating our rivers, seas & oceans. Scientists predict that, if nothing changes in our plastic consumption habits, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than there are fish (by weight).

A pack of 4 sustainably sourced cotton flannels, that can be washed and reused for years to come, costs less than a pack of wet wipes or cotton wool pads and doesn’t hurt the environment either. Tell us how many swaps you’re making here.

To find out more facts about disposable wipes, plus how much they cost in comparison to a flannel and soap, visit Anglian Water’s Why Keep It Clear project.

+ Swap Disposable Coffee Cups

Swap your disposable coffee cup for a refillable coffee cup.

Every year 2.5 billion coffee cups are used and thrown away in the UK. That’s enough to stretch around the world roughly five and a half times!  Disposable coffee cups are lined with plastic film making them difficult to recycle. Half a million coffee cups are littered every day, polluting our environment.

Lots of cafés offer a discount to people using a refillable coffee cup of up to 25p per hot drink, saving you money each time you buy a takeaway coffee. An initial investment into a refillable coffee cup made from bamboo, metal or durable plastic will see you break even after around 3 months of coffee on your daily commute.

Let us know if you’re swapping disposable coffee cups here.

Click here for information on coffee reusables during the pandemic. 

+ Swap Plastic plant pots

Swap plastic seed trays and plant pots for cardboard toilet roll tubes and egg boxes. Simply fill with earth and sow your seeds (a few folds can turn a toilet roll into a plant pot in seconds). You can add the used cardboard to your compost heap or garden waste bin.

Make your swaps here.

Did you know there are an estimated 500 million plastic plant pots in circulation in the UK every year?  The average gardener has 39 plant pots in their shed and most black plastic plant pots can’t be recycled.

Growing plants for your garden from seed is more cost effective than buying ready grown plants. And growing plants or vegetables gives you a great sense of satisfaction too.

Find out how to make plant pots from carboard tubes here.

Find more plastic free gardening tips here.

+ Do More/ Go further swaps

Do you want to take the next step and do more?

Click here for more swaps…