Did you know that over 6 billion tons of plastic never make it to a recycling bin? It’s no secret that there is a plastic problem worldwide. And sure, most of us recycle as much as we can but the truth is, we can be doing more. It’s time to put the phrase “the best offense is a good defense” to use. Here are some ways to reduce your use of plastic – and help the world in the process.
Stop Using Grocery Store Plastic Bags
Besides the fact those plastic bags from the grocery are flimsy and useless, between five billion and one trillion plastic bags are used each year worldwide. While free, they have a high environmental cost. Some cities, such as San Francisco and Washington D.C., have so far as to ban these plastic shopping bags. To help reduce your own plastic bag usage, consider investing in several reusable shopping bags.
Cut Back on Bottled Water
Try to limit your consumption of bottled water as that greatly adds to the amount of plastic in landfills. Instead, invest in several refillable bottles so you can stay hydrated and help save the planet!
Try to Choose Cardboard Over Plastic
It’s generally easy to recycle cardboard rather than plastic products. Paper products are also often biodegradable and won’t add a lot of weight to a product like aluminum or glass. When you can, try choosing pasta in a box rather than a plastic bag or detergent in a box rather than a bottle.
Several cities are already banning the use of plastic straws and offering paper straws instead. Or, skip the straw altogether!
No More Disposable Razors
Rather than throwing that disposable razor in the trash once its dull and done, try switching to a razor that allows you to replace the blade.
And No More Disposable Diapers
If you’re a new parent, you are fully aware how many diapers end up in the trash daily. To help cut down on waste, consider switching to reusable cloth options.
Switch Face Washes
Did you know that most of the plastic polluting the oceans is microplastic? These are tiny chunks that are nearly impossible to filter. While they can come from larger items breaking down, they are also found in face wash or toothpaste. They are intended to act as exfoliators, but wastewater treatment facilities aren’t always able to stop them. Avoid items with ingredients such as “polypropylene” or “polyethylene”.
Change the Way You Store Food
Instead of using plastic baggies, plastic storage containers, or plastic wrap to store your food, why not switch to a cute bento box or use glass containers or jars?
And, Shop in Bulk
Most of the plastic waste occurs in the kitchen. While bringing your own grocery bags is one part, try buying food in bulk as much as possible to reduce waste. Shopping with jars is a good option – especially for nuts or oats.
Even incorporating just one or two of these tips into your routine can help cut back on waste dramatically. After all, every little bit helps!