Ideas For Using Less Plastic Everyday
Wherever you are right now, take a look around you and see where the nearest plastic is. It’s probably pretty close by, and it’s unlikely to be alone. Whether it’s the little tub of grapes you bought in the way into work to eat as a snack, or the straw you enjoyed a soft drink through over lunch, it’s not hard to find examples of disposable plastic everywhere around us. Yes, it’s incredibly convenient, but it also has a downside. Our reliance on disposable plastic products, or single use plastic, is at an all-time high, and it’s becoming a huge problem which is destroying our planet. If you’re committed to changing your plastic habits, here are some handy ideas for using less plastic every day.
- Drink from a glass and don’t use a straw: Drinking water from a glass (or even your office mug) is better than relying on disposable plastic cups beside the water cooler.
- Don’t use plastic cutlery or plates: They might be handy to use for a picnic or to keep in your desk drawer at the office, but stick to washable ceramic options instead to use one less piece of plastic.
- Use canvas bags for grocery shopping: Keep these in the car so that you don’t have to resort to plastic bags at the checkout for your groceries.
- Don’t buy ready meals or pre-packed sandwiches: Plan ahead and make your own lunches and snacks which can be transported easily in reusable containers. Cook from home using fresh ingredients and store leftovers in glass tubs – it cuts down on plastic used, and you’ll be eating better food too!
- Switch that water bottle for a stainless steel travel mug you can re-use: It’s important to stay hydrated when you’re out and about but you can do it without using plastic.
- Don’t buy liquid soap: Use a bar of soap that comes in a recyclable cardboard box or wrapped paper instead so that you can easily recycle the packaging.
- Store leftover food in glass jars: Glass jars will keep food just as fresh as plastic, and best of all if you are storing leftover pasta with tomato-based sauces, they don’t stain!
- Many eco-friendly online retailers are embracing the ‘No Plastic’ mentality: They are finding new ways to package products for delivery which don’t use plastic. Check company policies and delivery options to choose an environmentally responsible option.
- If you can’t avoid it, choose biodegradable plastic where possible: This is plastic that decomposes naturally in the environment in a shorter period than traditional plastic.