The general popular consensus is that we, as a collective, need to move towards a more sustainable lifestyle. We’ve seen supermarkets ban plastic bags, fast food outlets move away from straws and a general surge towards a sense of climate consciousness. Our government might quite not be there but there certainly is a people power movement that’s seen many of us thinking green.
Here are some easy, straightforward ways you can reduce plastic waste in your house. It’s overwhelming to try and change everything at once so if you chip away at these, little by little, you’ll be able to be proud of your rapidly shrinking carbon footprint. Every little bit counts.
Here are the little bits that you can start doing today.
Start Small to Reduce Plastic Waste in Your Home
Did you know that there are over 23 MILLION PLASTIC TOOTHBRUSHES that go into landfill each year? 23 million! When you start looking at cold hard facts like that it makes it a no-brainer to look for creative ways to reduce personal waste.
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Disposable water bottles (as well as any plastic bottle) are an absolute scourge on our environment. Needless, constant waste borne purely of convenience. It’s one of our most pertinent environmental issues but it’s one that’s also in our power to help stop.
Take your own water bottle (and grab some for the kids as well) and use it. Make it part of your routine. You’ll be able to track your water consumption and you’ll know that you’re doing your bit, however small, to cut down on plastic bottle waste that creates landfill and is often found in our waterways and oceans. If you can’t help but use a plastic bottle, ensure you recycle it appropriately.
Let’s Talk Periods
Tampons and pads have long been a necessary evil when it comes to creating waste. There are now a wide variety of products on the market to help you make a difference and to cut down on the personal waste you’re producing.
You could try a menstrual cup, otherwise known as a moon cup. These are inserted into your body and they capture your period blood. You then wash out the waste and pop it back in, ready to go for round two.
There are also a variety of period-proof underwear on the market. These are very easy to use – you simply hand wash them at the end of the day before popping them in the washing machine. They don’t smell or leak and they present a great opportunity to cut down on plastic waste.
Moving Away from The Plastics
Many supermarkets shrink wrap their vegetable produce. An easy way to cut down on plastic waste in your home is to refuse to buy them! Put your money where your mouth is and spend it at organic grocers instead. The prices are often cheaper and the food is often fresher and of better quality! This unnecessary waste in supermarkets needlessly contributes to pollution and waste – but it’s easy for you to say NO!
Keep It, Don’t Wrap It
Invest in containers rather than relying on Glad Wrap (or similar) to store your leftovers. Use those discarded takeaway containers to keep food fresh for longer in your freezer.
You can now buy even more sustainable food wrappings if you look for biodegradable packaging. It’s often sold at markets or on the internet. A nice little beeswax wrap is reusable and significantly cuts down on plastic waste.
Recycle What You Can
Ensure that you follow the guidelines listed on your recycling bin as to what waste goes where. Create a compost garden to recycle vegetable scraps (and attract some cute little worms that the kids will love!). Many states have bottle and can recycling programs so get the kids involved (and they can earn a little cash on the side).
The Importance of Reducing Plastic Waste in Your Home
There are many ways that you can reduce plastic waste in the home and teach your children about the importance of sustainability. We cannot bury our heads in the sand about this important environmental issue, nor can we expect other people to be the ones to effect change. It’s up to each and every one of us to reduce plastic waste wherever and however we can while we wait for our governments to catch up and get with the program.
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