It's estimated that 40% of the plastic produced is packaging that gets used once and then thrown away (National Geographic). PET-rifying we know, but it's easier than you think to switch from single use plastics to reusables.

We've pulled together 6 easy ways to reduce single use, starting with reducing the amount of single use plastics you buy. We've also shared our favourite reusables for when you're out and about.

1) Get yourself a reusable water bottle

Every year in the UK we use approximately 13 billion plastic bottles, and only 7.5 billion get recycled! Switching from disposable plastic bottles to a water bottle that will last will save you money when you’re on the move. Be sure to get a bottle that's BPA free so you’re not drinking in any nasty chemicals. Not sure where to fill up? Check out this awesome refill app to find out where you can refill your water bottle for free throughout the UK.

2) Coffee to go please

Did you know less than 1% of coffee cups we use in the UK get recycled? This daily treat is causing havoc for the planet and is a headache for recyclers - due to a tricky mix of plastic film inside of the cups they need a special recycling facility that isn't widely available. Watch our Hubbub Investigates vlog to hear more about this. The havoc doesn't stop here either - if cups with dregs of coffee end up in other recycling bins they could make the whole batch dirty meaning none of it can be recycled! This a latte to handle? Stay grounded and check out our top tips for switching to a reusable coffee cup today.

3) Bag of tricks

The environment bagged a winner when the plastic bag charge was introduced in England, as it led to an outstanding 85% decrease in use. Despite this, we can all remember a time when we simply forgot to bring our bag with us and this can cause a dilemma, as reusable bags are only better environmentally when we remember to use them. Why not treat yourself to a foldaway bag such as the Baggu bag, that scrunches up so small you’ll hardly notice it’s there….until you need it that is. 

4) Waxy wrapping

Cling film is an unnecessary plastic in the home that often gets thrown away after use. There are more and more great alternatives made from natural materials that work just as well at keeping your food fresh. Why not give beeswax wraps a try? These colourful creations are made in the UK using all natural ingredients and are reusable and compostable too. Fancy making your own? It’s easier than you think with Lisa Cole’s step by step guide.

5) Use clean cutlery

Used only for a few moments, your single use fork, knife or spoon can take over 200 years to decompose! Why not try a spork or if you’re feeling fancy how about a metal straw for enjoying drinks when you’re out? Check out these washable bamboo wonders and find the perfect straw for you here.

6) To Reuse or Refill?

It might seem like reusables are more expensive but the whole point is that you only have to buy them once, so they will start to earn their keep after a certain number of uses. Of course, you don’t have to convert your whole house in one go, start with one thing at a time. The bathroom can be a great place to start, where you can switch to a bar of soap rather than a bottle, and swap shampoos and cleaning products to refillables, all the way down to a tiny and mighty reusable swab. More zero waste shops are also opening each month, where you can buy things completely plastic free, and you can find your nearest one with this app.

Want to see what it’s like before you go? Watch Hubbub’s Sarah and blogger Kate Arnell go shopping in London.