These days we can’t help but feel overwhelmed by the amount of garbage in the world.
Littering the ocean, on the roads, even floating in the air; the amount of plastic in the world is simply panic attack inducing, to say the least. With such a large task it can be easy to feel completely helpless…I want to help tackle the feeling of not knowing where to start. I've come up with some things you can do right now to help out!!
“‘It’s just one water bottle’ said 8 billion people”
Below are some easy ways that you can change your daily habits to produce less waste. Then during the times when you do have to use plastic; try to use the recyclable kind! Always check to make sure you’re recycling properly.
Thank you in advance for trying even one of these steps :)
1. Reusable Bags:
From produce to checkout, plastic bags are very apparent in our society. Plastic bags are non-biodegradable, use crude oil and natural gas to manufacture, and require even more fossil fuels to ship. By using reusable bag, you are reducing the amount of non-renewable resources needed to produce plastic bags. You’re also reducing the amount of money your community spends on clean up costs each year. Regardless of how you dispose of plastic bags, they end up on the street, clogging waterways, and damaging other natural environments. Not only does it look gross but someone has to clean this up eventually! Using reusable bags, reduces the amount of taxpayer money that goes into litter clean up, leaving room for other community projects.
(Reusable Grocery Bags Net Storage Bag by GreenLiiver )
2. Silicon Bags:
Plastic that doesn’t end up in a landfill most times ends up in the ocean and enters the food chain which is a big concern for humankind. Harsh chemicals and toxins found in plastics can cause many different health issues. Fortunately, there are better options: food grade silicone is a more flexible, sustainable, and safer alternative to plastic. Safe for people and the planet! Benefits of food grade silicone include; highly resistant to damage and degradation from extreme temperatures. It doesn’t harden, crack, peel, crumble, dry out, rot or become brittle over time! It’s very lightweight, saves space, easy to transport. Contains no bpa, latex, lead, phthalates. They also may be 100% recycled at certain locations. Try out a Silicone alternative to plastic Ziplock bags for sandwiches, snacks, marinades, storage and more!
3. Bees Wax Wrap:
A great alternative to plastic wrap and aluminium foil! They are malleable. You can mold them to fit over a glass bowl or container, or wrap them like a package. The wraps adhere, so they won’t unwrap in the cupboard or refrigerator. They develop “character” over time. They are easy to clean. Simply wash them in cold water and soap (eco-friendly, gentle ones with low alcohol content are best).They last about a year, and after that, they are compostable. You can use these for many things and they come in cute colors! You can even make them yourself and choose any fabric you’d like! There are ton’s of videos online to watch and learn how and it only uses a few ingredients.
Buzzfeed Nifty DIY Beeswax Food Wraps
4. Bamboo Toothbrush:
The most widely known and popular advantage, a bamboo-based toothbrush eliminates unnecessary waste while giving you the same quality of cleaning that a plastic brush can. With both the packaging and tossing of your toothbrush, recycling, reusing, or composting is now as simple as can be! We recommend changing your toothbrush every one to three months for optimum care. With a biodegradable toothbrush, you can feel better about reaching for that new brush. Another benefit of bamboo is that it is naturally antimicrobial. Unlike plastic, properties inside the bamboo kill bacteria that penetrate its surface, providing long-lasting protection against harmful bacteria.
(Bamboo Toothbrush: Soft BPA Free Charcoal Bristles, Biodegradable. by EcoFrenzy)
5. Reusable Straw:
When we take a look at plastic straws by themselves, we’re talking about roughly 500 million straws being consumed daily in the U.S alone. 99% of all straws are plastic being consumed every day. Only 1% are either stainless steel straws, glass straws or even wooden ones. However, people are becoming aware that the need for plastic straws is non-existent. There are many more sustainable options and if we want to inspire change within our society, it’s important that we use our money to inspire companies to make a chang!
(LMade Easy - Stainless Steel Reusable Straws - Amazon)
6. Reusable Coffee Mug:
We drink so much coffee as a society! If you go to your local Environmentally friendly If you’ve been thinking about stepping up your recycling game (or even just starting your recycling game) converting from paper cups to a reusable mug is a great and easy first step! Many people think that paper cups can be recycled because they are paper but unfortunately that is just not the case. Paper cups are lined with a plastic or wax to help keep your joe hot and to prevent the paper cup from dissolving into a mushy mess. Because of this paper cups cannot be recycled or composted. Reusable mugs can not only keep your coffee hotter longer, but they help the environment! There are many reusable mug options these days that will not only keep your coffee nice and hot but are also spill-proof!
KeepCup 12oz Medium Class Brew Reusable Coffee Mug (27.19 on Amazon)
7. Reusable Water Bottle:
Disposable water bottles take up space in our landfills and pollute our oceans. They also take an incredible amount of resources to produce. Creating one year’s worth of water bottles uses up a whopping 17 million barrels of oil. Before you buy a package of bottled water at the grocery store, consider your other options. Reusable water bottles are a cheaper, safer and more sustainable alternative to disposable ones. Plus there are so many options that you can choose from! Find one that fits your personality and style.
Making changes to help the environment can sometimes seem like an impossible task. We see how much is currently in production by companies and we see how much is already polluting the environment so little things may feel like they don’t make a difference but they absolutely do!
Don’t let the sheer size of the problem take away from the fact that you can do something about it! If we all work together and make these little changes in our lives there will be a huge cause. Just think, if you change your habits and inspire 5 co-workers to change their habits, and they inspire 5 family members to change their buying habits, who each inspire 5 friends then you’ve got a chain reaction stemming generations long.
Applied knowledge is power! #staysalty