Lyrics from the song “Barbie Girl” by Aqua once said “Life in plastic, it’s fantastic”, isn’t so true
“Plastic is the most prevalent type of marine debris found in our oceans and Great Lakes.”
The thought of plastic being in my food and water makes me grossed out to think that we consume plastic every day and we aren’t doing something about it!
Here are 15 ways to reduce your plastic use and make a difference:
- Reusable bags are becoming more common, but let’s keep reusing **and try to use natural fabrics such as cotton or hemp
- Save the turtles and buy a metal straw. Yes, you have to clean them but do you want to keep using our ecosystems as garbage bins
- Stop buying plastic cutlery. There are other materials that produce cutlery and don’t damage the earth, such as using potatoes-based cutlery. Yes, this is a thing, first heard about it while at a farmers market. The best part is they are biodegradable.
- Use/buy glass containers rather than plastic ones
- Switch your plastic toothbrush to a bamboo toothbrush which can decompose easier in the municipal organic collection process
- Microbeads in those fancy hand sanitizers – stop buying them. They just smell good, otherwise, they aren’t doing much good
- Start making your own homemade wax ( literally only 3 ingredients: lemon or lemon juice, water, and sugar) or buy mental razors
- Paper newspaper is old news, start using technology for its advantages like online newspapers, e-billing, etc.
- Get a refillable water bottle
- Focus on buying less packaged products while shopping
- Buy a reusable coffee cup
- Organize a PickWaste clean up in your area
- Educate yourself & school about where our plastic goes and what is able to be recycled in your area
- Use compostable produce bags
- When going out to restaurants and you want to take your food home, bring your own reusable containers
- Start making and freezing more homemade food
- Use parchment paper instead of plastic food wrap
- Use reusable produce bags when shopping for fruits and vegetables. Avoid plastic packaged produce and instead, shop for bulk.
- Purchase soapberries at your local grocer or bulk food store and use those for all your cleaning and soap needs. These can be used for shampoo, hand-soap, cleaners, and dishwashing, they are completely natural, plastic-free and cheap 🙂
Thanks for reading,