A lot of people don’t realize just how much plastic they use on a daily basis.
Even if you do recycle it, it’s still better if you don’t use too much of it in the first place.
Plastic accounts for around 10 percent of the total waste we generate.
Take a moment to think about all the things you use that are made from plastic every day. Most people use things like plastic bottles, food containers, bags, beauty products, cleaning containers and household tools.
It’s surprising just how much we come into contact with it on a daily basis. When you get up in the morning you use a toothbrush and maybe a razor of plastic, you might use a plastic keyboard at work, buy yourself drinks in a plastic bottle in the day.
When you get home you may use a plastic kettle. The amount you use can have a bigger impact on the environment than you might think.
We now use about 20 times more of it than we did 50 years ago. Astonishing amounts of amounts end up in landfill, because people have thrown it in the bins without recycling it. Too much more litters the landscape.
Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times. It pollutes our waterways and unfortunately ends up killing many marine creatures because they try and eat it or get caught up in it. It also gives off harmful chemicals when it is incinerated.
These are just a few of the reasons why you should be mindful of how much you are using. Do you really need to use plastic for the things you use on a daily basis, or are there other alternatives?
Ideally, we would avoid using plastic altogether, but in most households this is nearly impossible. The best thing you can do is go through all the plastic items in your home and decide whether you can use other materials in their place.
Recycle whatever you know you won’t use, and make the most of the other options you have.
Here are some examples of things you can use instead of plastic in the home:
- Use material bags instead of plastic bags for your supermarket shopping. These material bags can last for years and are a lot sturdier.
- Buy yourself a reusable stainless steel straw instead of constantly using hundreds of plastic straws and throwing them away. Metal straws can easily be washed and will last for years.
- For your home office you can get things like calculators and keyboards made from bamboo.
- Purchase stainless steel or glass water bottle and avoid bottled water. i
- Swap plastic cooking utensils for glass, ceramic, wooden, bamboo, or metal ones.
- Use stainless steel or glass food containers.
- Invest in some non-disposable metal razors.
- In general, avoid single-use disposable products, and prefer biodegradable packaging.
- Purchase rugs made from natural wool or cotton instead materials made from polyester.
If you have to use it, then try and opt for items made from recycled plastic instead virgin materials. There are plenty of companies that sell recycled plastic products that can be used in the home and garden.
Edward Woodward is writer at Kedel blog
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