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Saving the World One Gift at a Time

Earth Day - April 22nd 2019

Let's face it; the growing mountain of single-use plastic isn't doing earth any favours. Plastic is everywhere, and it feels as if we are left with no choice, but to succumb to it. However Monday 22nd April 2019 marks Earth Day, a day where you can become your inner eco-warrior! And what better way to express your passion for saving the earth than with our excellent selection of environmentally friendly gifts.

By making simple changes to your lifestyle every day, you can make a massive difference in the long run, and may even become a bit of a trendsetter, from travel mugs, water bottles and little books of tips and tricks! Change starts at home, so gift your friends, family, or even treat yourself to a clear conscience and a greener future.

Studies have found that tiny particles of plastic are already in our food chain meaning the average person is ingesting tiny plastic particles when they eat seafood without even realising! That is enough to convince anyone to switch up their routine. So next time you're commuting to work, walking the dog or just fancy a caffeine hit, instead of getting a take-out cup, why not bring your own? You will be doing your bit, and many cafes discount your coffee for being a role model sustainable ambassador - making that coffee taste even better. You can’t argue with that! Whether you're after a Chilly's, Yes Studio or a Kinto flask, we have just what you're after to keep your hot stuff extra hot. Take a look at our reusable coffee cups here.

The fun doesn’t stop there. Cut out single-use plastic by getting a reusable water bottle, perfect for when you're on the go such as going to the gym, going to work or maybe going to school. Here at Utility we have more than enough to choose from to make sure your cool stuff is kept extra cool.  Think of all the turtles you could save while enjoying a cold drink that looks good. From Chilly's to Ban.do. Check out our water bottle selection here.

We have all gone into the supermarket for just a loaf of bread or pint of milk but instead, come out with half of the shop. That is why you need a tote for your day-to-day errands so that you can look stylish, compliment any outfit but also invest in a bag for life. With our tote bags, you can fit the full shop and then some! Never succumb to the 10p bag charge ever again when you're out and about or have an unexpected shop, shop our Utility Design since 1999 Tote bag here!
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Wave goodbye to those meal deals and ungodly amounts of single-use plastic and say hello to your new lunchtime companion. Not only do they look extra funky but they also cut down your waste by a landslide. No more throw away plastic, no more tin foil, no more cling film, just your trusty lunch box. From Yes Studio to Ferm Living, choose the lunch box that suits you from our colourful selection here.

The plastic straw ban was a great thing. The paper straw replacement can sometimes be a bit disappointing. There is nothing worse than when your straw gives up on you halfway through a drink by getting far too soggy. Undoubtedly it is only a small sacrifice for saving our planet…. But what if there was an alternative? Reusable straws! Available in stainless steel, even with a straw brush to make sure it's squeaky clean for the next outing. Expandable and pocket-sized our straws do it all and will never get too soggy to do its job, see for yourself here.

Want to know more tips and tricks on how to save the planet? The learning never stops. Why not pick up a copy of 500 ways to make a difference or even the little book of going green. Every day offers a new opportunity to be kind to the earth and with our little books you’ll never be without a unique chance to make a subtle lifestyle choice and save the world. See for yourself here.

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