Plastic waste is one of the biggest issues facing us today. It’s tough to deal with, and 91 percent of the plastic trash in the world hasn’t been recycled. Even if you put your plastic where it’s supposed to be, that still creates a strain on the system. So if you want to reduce plastic consumption, consider some of these alternatives:
#1: Switch to Glass
Glass was commonly in use before widespread plastic products. According to the EPA, roughly 26 percent of glass gets recycled. Unlike plastic, glass is easier to grind down and remake, and glass also has a practically endless lifespan. By contrast, plastic can only be used for certain purposes once it’s been recycled. So whether it’s the cups in your cabinet or the milk bottle in your fridge, consider using glass to cut down on plastic waste.
#2: Pick Aluminum Instead
Aluminum is 100 percent recyclable, and it is generally considered one of the more valuable materials in any given recycling bin. According to Aluminum, nearly 75 percent of this metal that’s ever been produced is still in use right now. Aluminum is far more likely to be put back into the cycle, and it can help reduce all the plastic floating around. The same is true when it comes to water bottles, as well, if you want to bring your eco-friendly decisions to the gym with you.
#3: Use Paper When You Can
When most of us think of a choice between paper and plastic, we tend to think only of shopping bags. While that’s a good place to start, the fact that over 63 percent of paper is recycled annually in the US according to The Balance means you can help swap out your plastic waste in other ways, too. For example, if you have storage totes, consider using cardboard instead of plastic. Look for products banded together with cardboard instead of plastic cling wrap. Use recyclable paper cups instead of Styrofoam for your coffee and soda. Small changes can make a big difference, over time!
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