How to Live with Less Plastic

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Blog, sustainable environment | 2 comments

How to Live with Less Plastic

There really isn’t any excuse for being wasteful. Using too much plastic is exactly that. More than likely, wastefulness has a negative impact on something or someone, somewhere else. One example is marine life. So, why should you use less plastic? For starters, plastic is accumulating and forming islands such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Midway Atoll is one of the most remote islands on earth. Yet, it is surrounded by plastic carried by the current from other continents. As a result, thousands of albatrosses have died because they ate plastic floating in the ocean. Some of the items found in dead albatrosses include lighters, pens, and toothbrushes. Plastic may not bio-degrade for a thousand years. Buying convenience products costs more in the long run. Of course, it’s difficult to be 100 percent green. But, you must do what you can. Here, we’ve outlined several steps for using less plastic.

  1. Don’t drink bottled water. Have you ever asked where bottled water brands get their water? You might be surprised to find out that bottled water isn’t regulated as much as tap water. Wait, there’s more–bottled water is often filtered tap water. That’s right, you’re spending your hard-earned dollars on filtered tap water. It’s way overpriced for something you can get right from your sink. In addition, it’s such a waste of unnecessary plastic that is often not even recycled. Help keep the planet, and our wildlife, a bit safer by drinking tap water. If you need to filter it yourself, please do. If you need water on the go, carry a reusable and recyclable bottle. Much of the litter found on beaches comes in the form of water bottles. Yes, we’re all trying to be healthier by drinking more water. Yet, we must also think of the health of our planet.


  1. bottle Bring your own to-go box. When you go out to eat, you might notice that restaurants sell portion sizes enough to feed a small family. Nonetheless, you probably enjoy the food and leftovers are always great. Unfortunately, restaurants need to make profits. So, plastic is an inexpensive option for their takeout boxes. Yet, those containers just end up as waste and litter. Instead, bring your own container. It doesn’t take much effort, and you’ll feel better about your contribution to our environment. In addition, someone may see your actions and be inspired to follow suit.


  1. Use compostable, wooden or stainless steel silverware. You can stop using plastic tableware without any disruption to your daily routine. It takes a while to remember to bring your own silverware, but once you start trying, it will become a habit. It’s easy to switch from plasticware to wooden or stainless steel silverware. When you take food out or get fast food, tell them to keep their plasticware.


  1. Use cloth grocery bags. You would get sick to your stomach if you saw all of the damage plastic bags are doing to our environment. Some of that seafood you enjoy probably have eaten plastic bags. So, you’re eating it too. Instead of plastic bags, by several cloth bags and use them for all of your shopping excursions. Many companies are switching to paper, but there are still many who have not yet abandoned plastic bags. Keep your cloth bags in a convenient location near your door so you won’t forget to take them when you go out. If you drive, you might leave a few in your car.


  1. Buy in bulk. When you buy in bulk, you save through volume pricing and you help to cut down on the packaging. In addition, you’ll save on gas with fewer trips to the store. Moreover, look for items that do not have plastic packaging.


  1. Stop eating frozen food. Most frozen foods are wrapped in plastic and cardboard lined in plastic. If you’re excited about helping the environment, then you just have to stop eating frozen foods. Besides, fresh is best.


  1. trashUse only homemade condiments. You’ve probably never given a second look at the packaging used for your condiments such as ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise. If you’re serious about using less plastic, then you might want to try making your own condiments. Not to mention, you can control the flavor. A lot of supermarket ketchup has sugar. You can make your own ketchup without sugar and keep it in a jar. It’s also quite easy to make mustard and mayonnaise. Chocolate sauce for sundaes and homemade chocolate milk is also easy to make. How proud would you be to offer guests homemade condiments?


  1. Clean with natural ingredients such as baking soda and vinegar. Cleaning products often come in plastic bottles. You can clean and disinfect your house with vinegar and baking soda. Furthermore, vinegar cleans glass and mirrors quite well. Not to mention, they are safer for pets than the toxic chemicals in many store-bought cleaning products. And, you’ll save some money over time.


  1. Stop drinking through straws. There really isn’t a point to using a straw other than being a bit spoiled. You can, instead, drink straight from the side of your cup. Straws are an unnecessary item. Once you’re done, you probably won’t reuse it and it will head straight for the trash. You must start getting used to saying no to straws. If you go out to eat, tell your server you don’t want a straw and why. You never know, they might spread the word and make some real changes.


  1. Wear natural clothing. Did you know that polyester clothing is made of plastic? Our marine life eats these types of microplastics. Plus, polyester isn’t the most comfortable fabric. Instead, wear natural cotton clothing. It’s just softer and better for the environment.


Every year, around 100,000 marine animals and around 1 million seabirds die from eating the plastic floating in our oceans. This is an issue that must be addressed by using less plastic, every single day. Start now, and make it a lifestyle.


Author: Katarina


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2 Responses to “How to Live with Less Plastic”

  1. Jeanne-Marie Van den Berg says:

    Good day. Just a request – I am part of a Conservancy in a World Heritage Site in South Africa. We publish a magazine to promote a more sustainable lifestyle for landowners in the area. Would it be OK if I use the tips in your article in our magazine? I will make a reference to your website. Thanks.


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