5 Things You Can Do To Reduce Single Use Plastics In Your Home
It is estimated that, unless we collectively take action and reduce plastic pollution for production and other uses, by the year 2050 there will be a lot more plastic in the ocean than fish. This is just one of the many reasons why it is necessary to reduce single-use plastic use and to try and adopt eco-friendly alternatives whenever we can.
The number of resources such as fossil fuel utilised when manufacturing single use plastics, has a negative impact on the atmosphere, through the pollution which has a knock-on effect through climate change as a harmful and long-lasting impact on our environment posing a serious threat to ecosystems, marine creatures, and human livelihoods.
As we laid out in our article covering what plastic is made out of. Some types of plastics carry a potential health risk to human beings as humans also unknowingly digest microplastics, which have been found in poop.
Many times people usually say, “But I am just one person, surely I don’t impact the environment that much.” the world is ours to share and by simply making a conscious effort, YOU can make a difference. Starting in your own kitchen is a very achievable way to make a difference. Every single time you replace a plastic spatula with a reusable silicone spatula or swap a synthetic sponge for a sustainable scrubber, you’re protecting your food from toxins and keeping plastic out of the trash.
Here are a few other things you could do to reduce the amount of single use plastic that you use in your home.
- Avoid Bottled Water
According to this report, In 2019, approximately 2.8 billion liters of bottled water were consumed in the UK. The amount of fossils used to produce all those plastic bottles contribute to environmental degradation. And not even 50% of the bottles made, end up not being recycled. Switching to a reusable BPA free water bottle can reduce the impact of plastic pollution on the environment as well as your health. As an extra incentive to consider making the change to a resuable water bottles, think of the money that can be saved, refilling the same bottle all the time!
- Food Preparation and Cooking with non-toxic Materials
Certain items, such as plastic or melamine containers, plastic spatulas, or synthetic cutting boards, to name a few when exposed to heat, expel dangerous toxins that we potentially ingest with consuming our food. They are plenty of alternatives that you could explore in this area such as using wood products, like bamboo as a cutting board or glassware that is microwave and oven safe.
- Shop With Less Plastic
Think about how every time you go to the grocery store, they offer you a plastic bag to put the items you just purchased. Now, how many times do you go to the grocery store a week? A month? A Year? Around the world, between 500 billion and 1 trillion are used annually, but only 1 in every 200 bags gets recycled, according to nonprofit organisation ConservingNow. Billions of them instead end up as litter that lingers for hundreds of years.
Therefore making an effort to carry with you a reusable shopping bag, can make a world of difference in the fight against plastic pollution.
- Using Reusables Around The Kitchen
Swapping out plastic for something reusable around the kitchen is a great way to reduce the amount of plastic that you use in and around your home. Buying refill sachets instead of plastic containers or using soap bars for washing instead of liquid soaps.
- Just Start! Do What You Can To Remove Plastic in Your Home
You don’t need to get rid of every plastic item in your kitchen in one fell swoop. Give yourself the gift of taking on just one easy change at a time. Start by bringing your own reusable bags to the supermarket. 52 take-out containers, 52 bags, 52 straws, 104 drink cups & lids and 156 pieces of flatware. Altogether that’s 520 items that won’t go to the dump or get swallowed by a leatherback sea turtle.
Even the smallest change is a step in the right direction—and you’ll feel good knowing that you’re making a difference. Little changes add up. Before you know it, you’ll be dumping the plastic habit like last week’s recycling!
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