Plastic is everywhere. Not even seabirds are exempt from being affected by this man made product. An island in the Pacific, approximately 2000 miles from the nearest continent, is home to thousands of Albatross dying from the plastic we throw away (The Guardian, 2018). Within America alone, 50 billion plastic bottles were used last year, and only 23% were recycled, leaving 38 million being thrown away (Ban the Bottle, 2018). This is only in America, think about how many are being thrown away globally?!
We might need plastic for some things but there are areas of our life where we really don’t. A change of mindset and awareness to the impact plastic has on our environment, is a motion that is happening in many communities around the globe. Do you want to be part of this?
Here are 6 areas of your life where you can get rid of plastic:
Are You Using Shampoo Bars Yet?
Most shampoo bottles are made out of non recyclable plastics, and therefore are likely to stay on our planet forever. If you want to stop using bottled shampoo, then shampoo bars are the answer! They are just like a normal soap bar that you would use for your body, but instead, for hair! By creating a foam in your hands with the bar in the shower, massage this into your hair and get the same results as if using a liquid shampoo! They are a little more expensive than the average shampoo bottle but last a lot longer.
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A Reusable Water Bottle is a Better Solution than Single Use Plastic Bottles
To reduce your use of single use plastics, why not swap a plastic water bottle to a reusable one? This copper bottle (picture to the right) is not only great for the planet, but it also has remarkable health benefits. Studies have shown that copper eliminates toxins and free radicals, improves immunity and prevents aging, to name just a few of them. With 2.5 million plastic bottles being thrown away every hour, there’s no time like the present to swap to a reusable one (National Geographic, 2018).
Use a Reusable Tote Bag Instead of Disposable Plastic Bags
Instead of picking up a plastic bag from the end of the check out till in the supermarket, bring along your own cotton or canvas bags. Alternatively, if you already have used plastic bags at home, bring them along to keep reusing them. Plastic bags are used on average for just 12 minutes, and take around 50 years to degrade in landfill (EcoWatch, 2017). This simple swap could really make a difference!
As a Traveler, A Bamboo Utensil Set is that perfect Extra Step you can Take to Reduce Single Use Plastic
Durable, eco-friendly and renewable are just some of the terms used to describe bamboo products. With bamboo also being lightweight, it’s a great material to make a utensil set and travel friendly. A fork, spoon, straw and even chopsticks are part of this utensil set from Farawild (picture to the left), everything you need for on the go eating. Worried about what happens when your bamboo fork has had it’s time? There’s no need as it’s completely biodegradable! So say no to plastic cutlery and grab yourself a reusable utensil set.
A Bamboo Toothbrush Can Reduce Excess Use of Plastic
Did you know, that the average American will throw away 300 plastic toothbrushes in their lifetime? With approximately 328.2 million of us (World Population Review, 2019), that is a lot of toothbrushes going straight to landfill after use. However, there is an alternative out there if you want to ditch the plastic toothbrush! Choose a toothbrush made out of bamboo instead. They are significantly better for the environment as they are derived from the bamboo plant; a fast growing grass that self-regenerates from its own roots, so it doesn’t need to be replanted. This bamboo toothbrush pictured to the right is not only better for the environment, but it is also helping student artists create an income. If you purchase one of these beautifully designed toothbrushes, a percentage of the profit will go to the artist. A win-win for people and the planet.
Travel Friendly Powder to Clean Your Hair, Skin, and Laundry
Yes that’s right, this pouch of powder can do just that! Sensitive enough for delicate skin but tough enough for those hard grease stains on your favourite dish. Using no plastic in the packaging is something that makes this a winner for the environment, and something that makes this product a must buy for all you zero waste queens out there. There are also no nasty toxins or chemicals in this powder as it is 100% natural, made lovingly with soap berries. To use on you skin or hair, simply add enough water to 1 teaspoon to make a paste, and rub onto your scalp or face. For your laundry and dishwasher, just add 1 tablespoon to your machine.
We would love to know if you have made any of these changes and how you got on, please leave your comments below!
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