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Ten easy things you can do to reduce plastic use

Plastic is a ubiquitous material that we use in our daily lives. From the packaging of our food to the products we buy, plastic is everywhere. Unfortunately, plastic pollution has become a major environmental problem. It can take hundreds of years for plastic to decompose, and when it does, it releases harmful chemicals into the environment. However, there are many things that people can do to reduce their plastic use. Here are ten ideas:

 

  1. Use reusable bags: Instead of using single-use plastic bags when shopping, bring your own reusable bags. Keep them in your car or in your purse so that you always have them on hand.
  2. Bring your own water bottle: Instead of buying plastic water bottles, bring your own refillable bottle. There are many options available, from glass to metal to BPA-free plastic.
  3. Use a reusable coffee cup: If you buy coffee on the go, bring your own reusable coffee cup instead of using disposable cups. Many coffee shops even offer a discount for customers who bring their own cup.
  4. Say no to straws: Many restaurants and cafes automatically give customers straws with their drinks, but you can ask them to hold the straw or bring your own reusable straw, check out ours here. 
  5. Avoid single-use plastics: Single-use plastics are items like plastic utensils, plates, and cups that are used once and then thrown away. Try to avoid using these items as much as possible by bringing your own reusable utensils and plates.
  6. Buy in bulk: When you buy in bulk, you can reduce the amount of packaging you use. Bring your own reusable containers to the store and fill them up with the products you need.
  7. Choose products with minimal packaging: When you’re shopping, look for products that have minimal packaging. Items like fruits and vegetables often come in plastic packaging, so choose items that are loose instead.
  8. Adopt an eco-friendly laundry routine, switch plastic clothes pegs for stainless steel pegs, these will last for years to come and look great too! Check ours out here. 
  9. Participate in beach cleanups: Plastic pollution is a major problem in our oceans. Participating in beach cleanups can help to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in our waterways.
  10. Spread the word: Finally, spread the word about the importance of reducing plastic use. Talk to your friends and family about the issue and encourage them to make changes in their own lives.

 

Reducing plastic use is an important step in protecting our environment. By making small changes in our daily lives, we can make a big difference in the amount of plastic pollution that ends up in our oceans and landfills.

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