At this point, it’s impossible to ignore the harm that plastics are doing to the environment. They can contain harmful chemicals, they don’t break down in landfills, and they’re wreaking havoc on the oceans. Going plastic-free sounds daunting. If you stop to think about it, plastic is in so many of our everyday household items: plastic wrap, freezer bags, single serving food packs, and even in toothbrushes. Maybe the goal of being completely plastic-free is too ambitious, but it’s definitely possible to reduce your plastic use without too much effort.
In fact, here are a few tips to reduce plastics and help our environment:
3 Ways to Reduce Plastics
Store Food in Glass
Glass food containers lack the chemicals found in many plastics, and they don’t retain food smells and stains the way plastic can. Yes, they’re a bit heavier and less portable, but the benefits far outweigh the downsides!
Replace Plastic Wrap
There are several products on the market that you can choose instead of plastic wrap. Cloth wraps treated with beeswax are a popular choice–they wrap food perfectly and are washable and reusable. Silicone bowl covers are a great reusable choice, too. And fabric, reusable produce bags keep your fruits and vegetables fresh without using a throwaway piece of plastic.
Buy in Bulk
Rather than buying a new bottle of hand soap or cleaning spray every time you run out, consider finding a way to buy those products in bulk and eliminate some plastic waste. Often you can bring your own container to a store and fill it with products from bulk jugs. At the very least, try to find a store that sells products in larger sizes. Then you can transfer them to your own, easier-to-use containers at home.
This goes for food, too! The convenience of individually packaged food, like yogurt or crackers, is hard to deny. But it won’t take too much of your time to scoop yogurt into portable containers or divide a large box of crackers into reusable bags for your lunch.
These are just a few of the ways to reduce plastics in your home. It’s not as hard as it might seem, and you may even enjoy using high-quality reusable items over flimsy plastic ones.
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