Plastics are so common in the world that it’s almost impossible to imagine life without them. Plastics are important in every aspect of life; however, it is not impossible to live with less of them. Striving to live a plastic-free life is good for us and for our planet.
Do you believe we can ever live without plastic? Well, if you do, then you are among the multitude that cares about this planet. Undoubtedly, disposable plastics are ubiquitous – plastic bottles, straws, bags, cups, and utensils are everywhere. There are insufficient or inadequate recycling plans for the increasing number of plastics in the world.
Every year people demand plastic alternatives and try to get rid of them. Nature is suffering; a viral video online show turtles entangled in plastic bags. What will you do to help these animals? Clearly, no one can do it all by themselves, but, we can start from any of these easy ways.
Easy Ways To Live Plastic Free
Buy Fresh, Non-Packaged Food
Farmers markets sell fresh organic non-packaged foods, with unnecessary plastic wrappings. Head to a farm market to get the best natural food products, which is untainted and free from plastic packaging. Fresh organic produce is actually, better than plastic-packaged products.
Do Not Buy Bottled Water
Do you know that any bottled (in plastic) water you buy, the environment suffers more, not to mention the effect on your health? Bisphenol A, BPA, is an organic synthetic compound used in making plastic bottles. Plastic bottles leak BPA into the water you drink, which has an adverse effect on your health. Plastics are not safe – so use reusable bottles of such as glass, to replace plastic bottles.
Use Reusable Shopping Bags
Reusable shopping bags are one of the most effective and the easiest way to reduce plastics in your home. Keep a reusable bag in your car and take it wherever you go so you don’t forget to live plastic-free. Typically, shopping with a reusable bag would mean avoiding plastic bags and the beginning of living a plastic-free life.
Make Your Own Cosmetics
Shampoo, soap, and conditioner lying in your bathroom probably contain different ingredients – some of which are plastic and are packaged using plastics. Microbeads are tiny balls of plastics in beauty products, flushed into our water system and travel to marine life. Fix this problem by using solid shampoo and bar soap.
There are tons of online tutorials on making various cosmetic products that are environmentally friendly if you prefer to ‘do it yourself’. Moreover, you can eliminate the plastics in your beauty products and replace them with recyclable products and packaging.
Stop Using Plastic Straws
In your quest to live a plastic-free life, you have to become creative and learn to improvise properly. Avoid using plastic straws in restaurants – carry you own or use no straw at all. Many alternatives are available online such as stainless steel straws, glass straws, paper straws and even bamboo straws. In addition, you can speak with your local eatery about providing non-plastic straws.
Use Non-Plastic Cups
Remember BPA and how it can seep into your water? BPA leaks into drinks faster when plastic bottles or cups hold hot drinks. Again, carry your own ceramic, glass or stainless steel cup in your car or keep one in the office. An added benefit is that most hot drinks taste better in ceramic mugs, which are more durable.
Buy Juice and Milk That Is Bottled In Glass
If possible, buy milk or juice in glass reusable or returnable bottles. Even though it seems old-fashioned, it is best for you and your family’s health. Milk and juice in glass reusable or returnable bottles tastes great and is free from BPA leaks. It might not always be readily available, but you can find stores that have them; especially, larger stores. Furthermore, milk and juice in cartons look like cardboard; yet, they are lined with plastics and are harder to dispose of.
Switch To Bamboo Toothbrushes
Living plastic-free involves changing your toothbrush too – it is a tough decision, but it only gets easier. Toothbrushes are non-biodegradable plastics; they will never go away. Consider making the switch to a bamboo toothbrush, which are more environmentally friendly, relatively inexpensive and naturally healthy for your teeth. As part of an ongoing commitment to living plastic-free, it’s better to have a toothbrush made of bamboo instead of plastic.
Use Reusable Food Wraps
In your attempt to move away from plastic wrapping, we suggest you use beeswax wraps. As the name implies, these wraps are natural and use non-toxic ingredients – cotton which is coated in beeswax. However, they cannot withstand cold temperatures unless they’re treated with jojoba oil and resin; which make them adhere to bowls and plates. The natural wrap is what your food needs; it gives your food a chance to breathe instead of sweating when wrapped with plastic and also prevents your food from tasting like plastic.
Treat Yourself To Ice Cream Cones
An ice cream cone is wholly edible, unlike the plastic packaged ice cream containers you keep in the freezer. Ice cream cones need no utensils or containers. Treating yourself to an ice cream cone occasionally does away with plastic containers.
Buy Fresh Bread In Paper Bags
At natural food stores, bakeries or at a farmer’s markets, you can buy loaves of bread with paper wraps. Going to your local bakery or supermarket with your cloth bag is a great way to avoid using any plastic packaging. Also, bread stored in a cloth bag inside a sealed tin stays fresh and healthy.
Skip Convenience Foods
Letting go of this one may be the hardest for most people. A lot of us are used to frozen, convenience food such as T.V. dinners or packaged meals and cannot easily avoid them. They’re fast, easy to cook and most of all convenient. But, unfortunately, nearly all frozen convenience food brands use plastic containers for their food. Even frozen food trays, which look like cardboard, are lined with plastic. So limit your frozen convenience food consumption today and live a healthier lifestyle.
Choose Plastic-Free Gum
Did you know that most of the chewing gums on the market are made using plastics? The use of plastics in the gum allow you to chew them for hours with them breaking apart. So when you chew on most gums, you’re chewing on plastic. The good news is that there are many alternatives. Look for plastic-free chewing gum never go back.
Plastics are considered wonderful materials – they are cheap, robust and non-degradable. However, every plastic product lies somewhere on our planet, causing indescribable harm to our world and to us. Retracing our roots and returning to how our ancestors lived and consumed their food will help us lead a healthier life and help to keep our environment free from plastic pollution. Make the change today.