Save the planet with your handbag!

5 things that fit in your bag and can help the planet

We love sharing ways of helping the environment at Maria Allen, so we thought we'd make it simple, what are 5 things you can easily keep in your bag that can help save the planet? Take a look at our chic and sleek guide to saving the planet with your handbag...

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1.) Coffee Flask

Given the current caffeine obsession sweeping the world at the moment, it’s no surprise that disposable coffee cups are a major cause of environmental issues. With 25 billion coffee cups thrown away every year just in America alone, it's an issue that we can all easily play a part to help stop. Why not take a reusable flask out with you next time you need a caffeine top up? We love using our travel mugs when out and about, and as an added bonus, most coffee shops provide a discount for bringing your own mug! 

2.) BYOB

That's right, bring your own bag. Although it might seem super convenient to grab a plastic bag when packing up your weekly shop, it's a really wasteful habit to get into. Not only does the production of plastic have a massive impact on greenhouse gasses, but recently a gigantic mass of plastic was found floating in the Pacific Ocean, causing a major threat to marine life and harming numerous animals.  Make the more eco-friendly choice by popping a reusable tote or canvas bag in your bag and whipping it out on your next shopping trip, not only are they kinder to the planet but they're way trendier than plastic ones, am I right!? 

Baggu Reusable Shopping Bags, £6.80

3.) Hit the bottle

Nope, not that bottle. 2.5 million plastic drinks bottles are thrown away every hour, just by taking your own reusable bottle you can help make a massive impact in reducing this needless waste. Bottled water also costs up to 10,000 times as much per gallon to produce as tap water due to the production of plastic so pop a chic little reusable number in your bag today!

SHO Bottle, £16.99

4.) Easy on the purse! 

I know I know it's easier said than done, but by simply buying less, we can cut down on consumerism and needless production and finally gain control of the cycle of disposability we find ourselves in. Why not check out the charity shops next time you feel the urge to go clothes shopping, or keep a little book of everything you buy so you can see where to cut down and what items aren't completely necessary.

5.) Metal Straws

It sounds crazy, but by being straw free you can help reduce plastic consumption massively. In America alone, over 500 million straws are thrown away every single day. This plastic is not bio degradable and is causing immeasurable harm to our planet, animals and fellow humans (plastic has been found in human breast milk due to absorbing toxins from pollution). This is an easy one to make a difference with, why not grab some of these super sleek reusable stainless steel drinking straws and keep one in your bag for a night out! It's not only environmentally friendly but can also be a great ice breaker and a proactive way to spread the message once it gets people talking! 

 Bunkoza Eco Straws, £7.99 

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Just by doing these 5 simple changes, and all things that will fit in your canvas tote bag next time you head out, we can all make a massive difference to the planet! So why not do less…less consumption, less waste, less plastic straws, it’s a win, win for everyone! 

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