Did you know that there is enough plastic in the ocean to circle the earth 400 times? Here’s what you can do to ensure that you reduce your plastic usage and don’t add to the menace more with these easy steps:
1.Now we know how much you love Trident and Hubba Bubba, but it’s time to give up gum. Gum is made of a synthetic rubber, aka plastic.
2.When you go grocery shopping, instead of taking your things from the store in plastic bags, invest in reusable organic bags made from cloth. Plastic bags can take over a 1000 years to degrade. But reusable bags not only save the planet, but are also more sturdy and durable.
3.Keep a bottle of water with you (one that isn’t made of plastic) and refill it whenever you run out of water. This prevents you from buying a new plastic bottle of water every time you run out of water. \
4.Don’t use plasticware at home and be sure to request restaurants to not pack your leftovers in a plastic box.
5.Make fresh squeezed juice or eat fruit instead of buying juice in plastic bottles. It’s healthier and better for the environment.
6. Stop using plastic straws, even in restaurants. If a straw is a must, purchase a reusable stainless steel or glass straw.
7.Find alternatives to plastic sandwich bags.
Here are a few of my favorites:
- Use beeswax wraps instead of sandwich bags. They are reusable, sustainable, and don’t leach harmful chemicals into your food.
- Use paper sandwich bags instead of plastic.
- Take your sandwich in a container instead.
8.For the times that you do use a plastic bag, try to reuse it as much as possible. Before you throw away a piece of plastic, think, “how can I reuse this?” or, “how can I recycle this?” And of course, recycle as much as possible. If buying plastic is a must, then choose something that is recyclable. Plastic isn’t going to quickly disappear from the planet and it’s not entirely un-useful. So try to make the most of the plastic you already have instead of buying more.
Here’s why using less plastic is so important: