Did you know that plastic bags are used for an average of only 12 minutes? One family takes home almost 1000 plastic shopping bags and only 1% are being recycled. Plastic pollution is contaminating our world, it is in our oceans, our food and our bodies. If you are considering to go plastic free, here are 10 tips to help you:
- Give up bottled water
A plastic bottle will remain on the earth for approximately 450 years, releasing harmful chemicals, falling into the sea and emitting micro-plastics which can end up in our own bodies. To avoid that use reusable bottles on the go.
- Carry reusable shopping bags
Reusable shopping bags help you save money and save the planet. Carry a reusable bag with you to avoid buying single time use plastic bags that can end up in the ocean.
- Rethink your wardrobe
Organic cotton use sup to 91% less water to produce and recycled materials reduce the amount of plastic used.
- Ditch plastic straws
If you must use straws, look for alternatives like glass straws that can be used for years. When you go to a cafe, ask for a drink without the plastic straw.
- Shop your local farmer’s market
At the farmers market you can buy organic food without the plastic wrap and packaging that can be seen in supermarkets.
- Clean with vinegar and water
By making your own home cleaning detergents using natural ingredients like water, lemon, vinegar and soda you avoid the plastic bottles from packaging.
- Recycle even i fit is inconvenient
Change your habits and your lifestyle. Start small with the previous steps until it becomes a routine.
- Make more informed purchasing decisions
The general consumer buys on impulse and visual appeal, or pricing comparisons. Most people don’t even think of plastic before they decide to purchase an item.
Choose products which use recycled plastic. Start noticing. Start thinking.
- Plastic education
Learn the differences in plastic compostion and choose products accordingly. Not all plastic is evenly bad – some plastic is biodegradable.
- Spread the word
Educate others about the importance of a plastic free life. Together we can make a change.