Here are 9 bits of plastic you can quit right now to help in the fight against plastic pollution.
9 ways to help fight plastic waste
We all know plastic is terrible for our planet. You feel powerless to do something about it, right? Wrong! Here are 9 bits of plastic you can quit right now:
Chewing gum, shopping bags and bread bags are all a plastic menace
2. Plastic shopping bags: Carry a reusable bag when you go shopping. There are literally hundreds of environmentally kinder alternatives to plastic shopping bags today. There’s really no excuse.
3. Plastic bread bags: carry a reusable breadbag instead.
Plastic straws, ear buds, and toothbrushes could be obsolete if we all bought the green alternatives
4. Plastic Straws suck! Simply sip your drink or use eatable or biodegradable straws
6. Plastic toothbrushes: Use a bamboo toothbrush instead (pictured). Find more information here.
As conscientious consumers we can make a difference
7. Sandwich wraps: use an alternative like Bee’s Wrap instead.
8. Bottled water: Drink from a tap or take a reusable bottle with you.
9. Coffee capsules: Avoid using difficult to recycle coffee capsules. Coffee from a percolator tastes great, and is very hipster!
All of these suggestions are doable. As conscientious consumers we can make a difference. What we buy makes a difference to what is produced. Buy less plastic and manufacturers will produce less plastic. Also, the effect we have on the environment is mitigated by purchasing greener products. We applaud companies like these who are offering the conscientious shopper an alternative to plastic.
Think before you buy
REFUSE disposable plastic whenever and wherever possible. Choose items that are not packaged in plastic, and carry your own bags, containers and utensils. Say ‘no straw, please.’
REDUCE your plastic footprint. Cut down on your consumption of goods that contain excessive plastic packaging and parts. If it will leave behind plastic trash, don’t buy it.
REUSE durable, non-toxic straws, utensils, to-go containers, bottles, bags, and other everyday items. Choose glass, paper, stainless steel, wood, ceramic and bamboo over plastic.
RECYCLE what you can’t refuse, reduce or reuse. Pay attention to the entire life cycle of items you bring into your life, from source to manufacturing to distribution to disposal.
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