How to reduce your plastic use

Something that myself and my family have been working on is ridding our home of plastic.

Since starting this journey, I have really become aware of how much plastic is really overused.

Plastic is all around us. It is in our homes, in our workplaces, supermarkets, restaurants, the list goes on.

Plastic lines the inside of cans, food storage containers and food packaging. For a lot of us it is all through our home, it can be found in furniture, flooring, clothes, phones, window frames, eye glasses, wall paper, utensils, dishes, computures, toys and the list goes on.

So why is plastic such a big problem?

Studies show that not only does it cause many environmental issues,but did you know that plastic can harm our health? Plastic can harm our health by disrupting our hormones, it can stimulate the growth of cancer cells and impair our brain function.

Here are some tips to help you on your way yo becoming plastic free.

1: Bring a reusable shopping bag with you

More than 1million plastic shopping bags are used across the globe every day and about 500 Billion plastic bags are produced every year. Whether you are going grocery shopping or going shopping at the mall, bring your own bag with you. We have the Onya Tote bags available.

2: Say NO to plastic straws and say YES to reusable ones. 

We use more than 500 million plastic straws every day.
If you would prefer to use a straw, there are great alternatives such as bamboo, and Silicone straws that you can carry with you and can use them time and time again. 

3:Purchase non-toxic toys for your young children. Also ask that they receive non-plastic gifts that are made of wood, cloth, paper or metal for birthdays and special occasions. Painted and plastic toys can often contain harmful contaminants.

4:Swap out your plastic toothbrush

One billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown out every single year, creating a massive 50 million pounds of waste every year.
There has been no research to say that plastic toothbrushes perform better than bamboo ones. Just like plastic toothbrushes, bamboo brushes needed to be replaced just as often, about every 3 months, but the great thing about Bamboo ones is the handle of a bamboo toothbrush only takes about 6 months to biodegrade back into the soil, where as a plastic toothbrush will never biodegrade and will remain in the environment forever.

5: Keep your jars.

Replace plastic food containers with jars and stainless steel or glass containers.

6:When possible, purchase items that are not wrapped in plastic or come in plastic containers.

 If items come in plastic, transfer them into non-plastic containers.

7: Find plastic wrap and sandwich bag alternatives.

Use Bees wax wraps, vegan food wraps, Silicone food covers sandwich and snack bags or Lunch wraps

8: Stop using plastic cutlery

When you get takeaway, you will automatically be given a set of plastic cutlery. Before you take your food, make sure to ask for no plastic cutlery.
If you are taking the food home, you have cutlery already, If you are taking your food to-go and bringing it back to work, keep reusable cutlery with you

9:Clear out your fridge of plastic bags and containers.

Put condiments into glass jars. You will be amazed at how much more room you have in your fridge. Label containers with liquid chalk to keep things organized.

10: Stop the bottled water habit.

Buy a water filter, buying one with recyclable filters can reduce waste and your impact on the environment. For water on the go, stainless steel water bottles are a great idea. Try to avoid aluminum bottles.

These are just a small amount of ways to reduce plastic in your home and on the go. If you would like to hear more tips please check out our FB page where you can get more tips and information on this topic and more

2 thoughts on “How to reduce your plastic use

  1. Renae says:

    Great tips! Thankyou.. i will be looking into replacing plastic more around the home. Would be good if supermarkets were more environmentally conscious

    • Leeanne Broady says:

      Thank you for your comment, yes it would be great if supermarkets were more environmentally conscious, all we can do is encourage them to make these changes for the better!

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