Although plastic may be convenient short term, the harmful affects are everlasting. Plastic consumptions has increased drastically over the past 10 years and most of us are only minimally aware of the results of this. According to USA Today, we’re dumping the equivalent of one garbage truck’s worth into the ocean per minute. The ocean is currently hosting approximately 165 million tons of plastic waste. That is more weight in plastic than the Pyramids of Giza! It’s easy to overlook but we are here to help you understand how you can start making a difference everyday by taking these simple steps.
Gets That Cool Grocery Bag
Not only do these reusable bags help tremendously with reduce the use plastic bags, but they are ways stronger and hold more than a traditional grocery bag. Also, they are much more ascetically pleasing, so it’s a win in all directions!
Forget the Straw
It’s such a small piece of plastic right? Well, yes, but a lot of them are used every hour! Leaving that straw in the wrapper, or better yet, in your servers apron, may not seem critcal but even if only 50% of straw users made the change, literal tons of plastic would be saved from polluting the ocean!
Reuse Your Nice Water Bottle
If you’re one of those people that like ice cold water, then this is a double bonus! Reducing plastic bottle waste is one of the biggest hurdle we fast so it makes since that one person makes a huge difference. Invest in a water bottle that suits your needs, whether the goal is to keep your water cool, or filter your water on the go, there are lots of great reusable water bottles on the market!
Buy Cardboard over Plastic
I remember when I grabbed my first ever laundry detergent “box.” I was looking for a sustainable natural soap and that definitely caught my attention. I read the box which explained the design and I’ve never gone back! Packaging in plastic has become the norm but is leaving quiet a lot of waste that we are not able to manage so support companies that are aware of this issue.
Choose Companies You Agree With
Have you ever been to a bagless grocer? It was an interesting concept to me when I first encountered an establishment with this policy but one that was easily adopted. Notice which of your local grocers use paper instead of plastic and/or only offer non-plastic options and keep that in mind the next time you need to go shopping.
Buy in Bulk
Packaging plastic is one of the largest contributor to plastic pollution to date. When you buy in bulk, take your mason jars or glass containers in and fill them at the store! Not only does this drastically reduce waste but helps you stay organized and keep your kitchen looking stylish. Also, check out reusable produce bags, they are breathable and ideal for anyone buying produce!
It’s easy right? No matter how small our actions seem, the difference speaks loudly. Change is a process so don’t stress is, just be aware and let it happen! Comment your thoughts on this matter, share your experience with us and ask any questions you have. We are here to help!