The plastics's invasion of the planet is a reality. Just remember that the plastic waste island floating in the Pacific Ocean now measures 1.6 million km2. If we want to save the planet, the time has come for each and every one of us to take action.
Plastic has become a constant element in our lives. It's everywhere: product packaging, cosmetic ingredients, textiles, mobile phones, etc. It's even in the chewing gum you might be chewing on right now! Its omnipresence is such that many would find the mere fact of giving it up a difficult task. Reducing the consumption of plastics therefore requires not only a change in habits, but also a change of mindset.
Today I want to remind you that it is possible to avoid plastic many times when shopping something. Bellow you can find a list of the items with plastic that you do not need it.
10 UNNECESSARY WAYS TO USE PLASTIC
- On the top of our list fruits and vegetables wrapped in plastic.
If you have an option to buy apples not packed in plastic buy that! It is that simple.
Every time you buy it, you create a demand for this product, not it’s plastic wrapped version.
Usually in local markets, you can buy produce without plastic. You support the local community and buy organic plastic-free fruits and vegetables!
2. Plastic straws is one of the biggest problems polluting our enviroment.
Most plastic straws simply break into ever-smaller particles, releasing chemicals into the soil, air, and water that are harmful to animals, plants, people, and the environment.
3. Plastic Bottles. Have with you your own reusable water bottle!
It wasn't until the 1970s when a miracle plastic known as PET came along and changed the game. Polyethylene terephthalate has been around since 1941.
It takes at least 450 years for a plastic bottle to completely degrade.
Globally, more than a million plastic bottles are sold every single minute.
Bottled water requires up to 2,000 times the energy used to produce tap water.
4. Plastic bags. They are everywhere!
The major impact of plastic bags on the environment is that it takes many years to for them to decompose. In addition, toxic substances are released into the soil when plastic bags perish under sunlight and, if plastic bags are burned, they release a toxic substance into the air causing ambient air pollution.
Choose always biodegradable and compostable ones!
5. Cling film can be replaced!
Cling film is difficult to recycle, information about where specific types of cling film can be recycled is hard to find, meaning the majority of it still ends up in landfill where it takes hundreds of years to degrade and risks leaching chemicals into groundwater. Biodegradable clingfilm alternatives have been developed but many conservation organisations are campaigning against oxo-degradable plastics as they simply degrade into smaller and smaller particles and contribute to marine pollution.
Like plastic bags cling film that ends up in the sea is easily confused for jellyfish by marine animals and chokes turtles and other creatures that feed on them.
6. Plastic containers. You do not need to throw away those you already have. but think about buying alternatives as glass or metal ones next time!
You can replace plastic containers with glass jars, glass storage containers, silicone containers, cloth food sack and stainless steel.
7.Plastic pegs for the laundry. Choose alternatives like bamboo ones.
Even the smallest of actions can have a major positive impact on our planet. For example, something as routine as hanging out clothes can become an extraordinary act if we change from plastic to wooden pegs.
8. Cosmetics with micro-plastics. Avoid using cosmetics that use micro-plastics, buy a biodegradable brush and wear natural fabrics.
In cosmetics, “microplastic” refers to all types of tiny plastic particles (smaller than 5mm) that are intentionally added to cosmetics and personal care products. They are often used as emulsifying agents or just as cheap fillers.
Choose natural products. It is better not only for the environment but also for your health.
9. Mouthwash is another thing that can be replaced to avoid plastic pollution.
You can always look for mouthwashe's bottles alternatives or otherwise just replace those industrialized by solid mouthwashes, peppermint oil or even baking soda and apple cider vinegar.
10. Last but one of the most important is plastic toothbrushes!
We are recommended to change our toothbrushes each 3/4 months and the amount of plastic produced and thrown away is insane. As toothbrush is considered a disposable item the best alternative is to choose natural ones, specially those make of bamboo.
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