You don’t need many details to know that plastic pollution is so rampant and needs to stop. You may have noticed we live in a plastic world with estimates showing that approximately one million plastic bags are used every minute! But that doesn’t mean you can’t live a plastic-free lifestyle. Plastic is one of the top leading harmful materials affecting our environment today. Most countries and cities have banned its use and you too can serve your part by refusing plastic use. Its menace has spread from the landfills to polluting the ocean and wildlife. Every living organism is literally affected by the plastic catastrophe.
Considering that our society has become dependent on plastic so much, sometimes it’s inevitable to lay your hands on single-use plastic, which eventually end up in our environment. Shifting from plastics can be quite a challenge but it’s possible to live with less plastic. To help you cut down on the amount of plastic you use, here are some clever tips you can start applying right now!
Go for Re-Usable Items Whenever Possible
Before taking that item off the shelves or before ordering your takeaway food or drink from the café, consider plastic alternatives. Read the labels to determine what materials were used and refuse to take home once-off consumables. These are the items that you’ll throw out immediately you’re done using them. They contribute to the spread of plastic pollution and by choosing reusable items, you’ll be taking a step in the right direction.
Carry Reusable Bags When Shopping
There are dozens of varieties of reusable bags that you can take with you on your shopping trip. From canvas totes to messenger bags to backpacks, reusable bags have a huge impact on saving the environment. If you have a car, always keep your grocery bag in it to avoid using plastic bags. Apart from waste reduction, reusable bags can carry a fairly large amount of your shopping items, including electronics and clothing.
Frequent Shops That Don’t Use Plastic
If you shop a lot, you’ll easily notice shops that prefer other alternatives over plastic. Make most of your shopping from such shops and spread the word to friends and family. The thing is, the more business these shops have the more their competitors and other businesses will notice and try to emulate their style. You’ll have contributed to a plastic-free society in more ways than you can imagine. ”
Ditch Bottled Water
One surprising fact about bottled water is that it’s simply filtered tap water which means it’s not any different from the water you drink at home. With that being said, there’s a lot of resources and energy that goes into manufacturing plastic water bottles, plus the shipping. You can change this by buying reusable stainless steel water bottles or travel mugs. Simply fill your reusable bottle with tap water or water that you have filtered at home (water filtration is now affordable and easy to do by yourself). To add on to that, plastic bottles are made from harmful chemicals which can leach into the water you drink. Don’t be a victim, go for reusable water bottles as of this moment.
Give Up Plastic-Bottled Beverages
Sodas, coffee, juice, and any other drinks served in a plastic container should now become your number one enemy. The simple reason is that when you’re finished with them, you’ll simply toss them out. Take your stainless steel mug for coffee, tea or any of your favorite beverages, even when ordering from a to-go restaurant or shop.
Ditch the Straw
You don’t really need to use a straw. But if you must, consider buying a reusable stainless steel straw or glass straw. Take the straw with you when eating out. When a restaurant sees that you use a plastic-free straw, they obviously won’t bring the plastic ones. Imagine the amount of plastic that will be reduced if everyone stopped using plastic straws.
Do Your Shopping in Bulk
When you shop in bulk, you save on packages and costs. Most of the items are packed in boxes or plastic-free packages. Similarly, instead of storing your kitchen supply in disposable plastic containers, use glass containers and shopping jars. They are more convenient and cheaper in the long run since you only need to purchase the containers once in a very long time.
Quit Chewing Gum
Chewing gum is actually created from synthetic rubber, polyethylene, and polyvinyl acetate. These are all plastic components and they are toxic. Lab tests show that these chemicals cause tumors in rats, and that’s probably what they are doing to your body. Stop chewing gum and save yourself as well as the environment.
Buy Fresh Produce
The farmers’ market is the place to go when you want fresh farm produce. The fruits and vegetables come straight from dirt and are not wrapped in plastic. Carry your own bag for the grocery and you’ll be helping reduce plastic landfills.
As you can see, it’s not difficult to live a plastic-free lifestyle. Most of these tips are simple and you can start applying them right now. So, go on and bring the change that you’d like to see in your society.
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