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#PlasticFreeJuly – How HGV Drivers Can Get Involved

  • Posted on 7 Jul 2022
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Plastic Free July is upon us, and everyone can get involved – even our HGV drivers if you feel so inclined. If you do, you can start out small or really challenge yourself. Regardless of the size, every little effort makes a difference.

Maybe you’re already conscious of your plastic waste or perhaps you recycle once in a blue moon? Either way, we have some helpful tips to get you started and help you reduce your plastic waste for July (and August, September, October, forever if you’d like!).   

6 Ways HGV Drivers Can Be Involved In #PlasticFreeJuly

1. Try our reusable cups

There are many reusable cups on the market now, as people become more and more keen on trying to reduce their use of single use plastics. Whether you’re filling up on coffee or water, why not invest in a sturdy reusable vessel for your drinks?

2. Change your toothbrush

If you’re overnight trunking or away for a few days, there might be different elements to your routine that you can change up, to make a big difference to your overall plastic usage. Why not choose a toothbrush made of sustainable, compostable materials, such as bamboo? Or, invest in an electric toothbrush that you can charge up ahead of your journeys.

3. Buy less where you can

Partly due to the ongoing cost of living crisis, people are now making smarter decisions when shopping. But this is also good for the environment too! Waste not, want not, after all. Whether you reduce down the amount of food you buy that you may go on to waste, or just get into to habit of considering the packaging of a product, it’s good for the planet to be savvy when shopping. Plus, it’s good for your wallet too!

4. Ditch the shopping bags

The plastic bag charge has been in force for several years now, and companies are phasing out their use of single use plastic in stores (including ditching fruit and veg bags). Stash some reusable carrier bags in your cabs so you’re not caught off guard when you’re popping into service stations. We’ve even found a handy video for you on how you can fold them down and store them away neatly.

5. Check your teabags

Here’s one you may not have thought of. Drivers love a cuppa. But we think you’ll find it surprising how many teabag brands (unfortunately) use plastic in their products! So, before you sit down for a brew on your break, why not ask for a sustainable option to ensure you’re not contributing to plastic pollution this Plastic Free July? There are alternative brands out there, or you could even try loose tea leaf!

6. Remember the ‘Three Rs’

Finally, by following the three Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle) you can help create a more sustainable planet and lead you to success this Plastic Free July.

  • Reduce what you buy
  • Reuse plastic items as much as possible
  • Recycle correctly (and choose to buy recycled products to close the loop)

These are just some of the many ways you can reduce your plastic usage! To share your own tips with us or show us how you’re taking part in Plastic Free July whilst on the road, get in touch on our socials. you can find us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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