In this blog we will give you 7 other options instead of using plastic! Unfortunately, plastic has become a constant element in our lives. It’s everywhere: product packaging, cosmetic ingredients, textiles, mobile phones, etc. It’s even in the chewing gum you might be chewing on right now! Reducing the consumption of plastic therefore requires not only a change in habits, but also a change of mindset.
- Carry a reusable bottle
People around the world buy a total of one million plastic bottles per minute. That’s almost 1,5 billion plastic bottles per day! Carrying a reusable bottle is a great way to cut your plastic use and save money too! There’s even an app called ‘Refill my Bottle’ that tells you where you can refill your bottle for free!
2. Say goodbye to plastic straws
Avoid using plastics such as drinking straws because they are really bad for our oceans. Nex time you order a drink, think about whether you need a straw – and if you don’t say no! You can also use a straw from metal, glass, bamboo or composable paper.
3. Carry a shopping bag
If you go shopping, remember to take a cloth bag! Many of us are used to carrying an extra bag with us – if you still find it hard to remember, try a foldaway one that you can carry in your normal day bag.
4. Use Tupperware from glass
We suggest you change your routine and opt for glass or stainless-steel containers. Not only will the planet appreciate it, so will your health because some of these plastic containers can release harmful substances.
5. Avoid unnecessary plastic food packaging
Albert Heijn, a Dutch supermarket has already replaced the plastic bags for fruit and vegetables by nylon bags that can be reused. Stopping with plastic bags saves 243,000 kilos of plastic per year, or 130 million bags. So next time you go to the supermarket use those nylon bags for your fruit and vegetables 🙂
6. Use wooden pegs
When hanging out washing use wooden pegs instead of plastic ones. Even the smallest of actions can have a major positive impact on our planet.
7. Avoid micro-plastics
Avoid using cosmetics that use micro-plastics, buy a biodegradable brush, and wear natural fabrics. Because based on studies, researchers have hypothesized that human exposure to microplastics could lead to oxidative stress, DNA damage and inflammation, among other health problems. What you can do is check the labels before you buy and avoid products containing pol polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).
Making just a few small changes can have a big impact on the amount of plastic we use every day. Only together we can make a difference!