Being environmentally aware and living a life more sustainable for the ecosystem is becoming a necessity. Nobody wants to see footage of harmed or dead ocean species, yet most of us are actively contributing towards creating plastic pollution that is causing such situations. As David Attenborough pointed out in his series The Blue Planet, every year 8 million tonnes of plastic waste is dumped in the sea. We urgently need to reduce the use of plastic.
There are ways to avoid being a danger to the planet, but awareness campaigns need to be more and more aggressive to make people fully understand the impact of continuously creating plastic waste.
Interested in contributing to conserving the oceans by reducing plastic waste? Here are a couple of tips to help you to reduce the use of plastic.
Tips to reduce the use of plastic
Avoid Plastic Consumables
Everything from straws, plastic plates, cups or cutlery is not necessary and causes more harm than you know. Avoid the purchase of these items by using the ones you have at home. There are also a number of manufacturers that produce eco-friendly plates and cutlery, which are either edible, biodegradable or very durable, so you can use them over longer periods of time.
Switch from Bottles to Cardboard
There are so many items that we purchase (such as laundry detergent or milk) which are sold in plastic bottles. By opting for products packed in cardboard, we are reducing the amount of plastic waste we create.
Invest More Wisely in Electronics
The way we dispose of our old electronics and the shopping decisions we make regarding the acquisition of new ones may or may not contribute to creating unnecessary waste.
Instead of throwing your old TV in the dumpster, take an interest to discover how the local authorities or electronics sellers can help you get rid of it in an eco-friendly manner.
There are several well-known electronic brands that will help you discard your old electronics for free via their buy-back programs and even offer you discount coupons for the purchase of new ones.
Some of your electronics contain more plastic part than others, so you may want to keep that in mind for your next purchase.
Another important thing is to learn how to invest in electronics that consume less energy, and which are durable enough to last you for years to come. Why not explore smart technology?
When you purchase a good and long-lasting product, you will create less waste in the long run.
Let’s take dehumidifiers, for example. Even if they are electrically powered devices, they use plastic casing for obvious safety reasons. If you take your time to do the proper research, you can purchase a humidifier that will last you for years to come and save you money on your electricity bill. The important thing is for you to be aware of all this and do your research before you buy.
Buy in Bulk
Each time you go shopping, buy as many bulk products as you can. Individually packed products will use a lot more plastic than bulk ones. For instance, buying a huge bag of cat food uses less plastic than 20 smaller and individually packed bags.
The same thing goes for other foods that you buy, like rice or cereal. And while we’re at it, you should know that frozen foods are mostly packed in plastic packages. The more you avoid them, the better. Not to mention how much money you’ll save!
Goodbye Plastic Bags
One of the major factors that contribute to the overall massive pollution caused by plastic waste is the use of plastic bags. What you can do is purchase canvas shopping bags and reuse them as much as you can. Canvas shopping bags are made from durable fabric, are easy to clean, easy to store, environmentally friendly and extremely durable.
Recycle as much as you can
Sadly, there are a lot of countries all around the world that make recycling very difficult. Each government should take responsibility in making it easy for people to separate their trash and help them dispose of it accordingly. If you have to drive 10 miles to a recycling centre to dispose of your separated trash, of course, you’ll find it tedious and won’t feel motivated to do so anymore. But if you do it, the satisfaction that you’re doing something good even though it’s difficult is tremendous.
Aside from doing more harm than good, the purchase of plastic items is costing you more money than you think. Switching from single-use plastic items to ones that are made from durable materials will save you money in the long run. A porcelain plate is more expensive than a plastic one, but you’ll be using it for several years to come (not to mention that it’s better looking).
The amount of plastic that people discard every day is huge and while eliminating plastic entirely from your everyday use isn’t a realistic expectation, you can start off small. We’re pretty sure that, in time, you’ll notice that you’re better off without all these plastic items you thought you needed to lead a comfortable life.
How will you reduce the use of plastic in your daily life?