By making small changes in our daily lives and reducing our plastic footprint, we can make a big difference in our environment. Find out below the 6 ways you can quit using plastic today.
Drinking straws are completely unnecessary. According to Strawless Ocean, 500 million plastic straws are used every day in the United States. Plastic straws rarely make it into recycling bins and instead, many of them end up polluting the ocean and harming sea life. Honestly, why do we suck, when we can just sip our drink instead?
Most plastic cutlery is made from a type of plastic known as polystrene1. This type of plastic cannot be recycled and creates waste. Simply carry some reusable cutlery in your pocket or bag and politely decline the plastic cutlery when it’s presented.
If you are throwing an event and need disposables, opt for compostable cutlery which you can purchase at environmentally-friendly online stores such as Vegware.
Instead of buying bottled water which wastes tons of non-renewable resources, you can carry a reusable bottle which you can fill up at work and at water fountains. Opting for a stainless steel water bottle will mean that you won’t be exposed to the harmful chemicals present in plastic bottles. You will also be doing your bit for the environment. It’s a win win!
Many of us drink coffee and we often decide to take it away in a paper cup. It might seem that the cup can easily be recycled, but unfortunately that is not the case. Most paper cups are coated with a plastic resin called polyethylene. This makes the cup more durable and convenient for the consumer. However, it also has great implications for our environment. This really is a brewing problem. So, why not drink your coffee in the shop or bring a reusable flask instead.
Plastic toothbrushes are another type of plastic that you just don’t need to use. There are some eco-friendly companies such as Brush With Bamboo that are doing their bit to help our environment. Over 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes that will never biodegrade are dumped into landfills and oceans every year worldwide.
Plastic bags disrupt the environment in a number of ways. They get into the soil and release toxic chemicals, they end up in the oceans and harm sea life and they also use up finite natural resources during production. Ditch the plastic and invest in a sturdy reusable bag when you shop.
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