In 2016, the Ocean Conservancy recorded 8 billion pounds of trash, most of it plastic. Let me break it up a little. That includes 889,555 plastic bags 419,380 plastic lids 822,227 plastic bottle caps
And the big one-1,578,834 plastic bottles
Everywhere you look our world is full of it. Plastic is a huge problem. Not only is there too much of it but it takes years to start breaking down, and some plastic never does. Here are a few simple ways to limit your plastic use.
7 Easy Steps
- Bags-Plastic bags are everywhere. Let’s be real. It is so hard to stop using them. But when out shopping, opt for using a reusable bag or paper bag for food, clothes, and fruits and veggies.
- Why? Reusable bags hold more items that equal fewer trips in and out of your home. Who wants to walk up flights of stairs multiple times?
- Give up gum-Yes shocker. I didn’t realize this either, and I love gum. Helps with fresher breath and for people like me to stop gritting my teeth. Made out of rubber, which is synthetic plastic (kind of gross when you think about it) production of gum also contributes to fossil fuels. Also means less sticky stuff to step on. I’m sure in this day and age they have natural gum…right?
- (side note-they do make natural gum!)
- Buy boxes instead-Cardboard is more recyclable than plastic. Instead of buying items in plastic bags like rice, buy products that are in boxes.
- Don’t use plastic ware-But plastic ware is so easy-no dishes! We all love no dishes, however the Earth does not. It takes two seconds to wash it or put it in the dishwasher.
- Reusable water bottle-These things are the bomb. From bottles of every color, shape, and size, you can decorate them with stickers to make them unique. It is kind of the thing to do. Bring with you everywhere. Treat it like your baby.
- You still will have to carry it around so what is the difference? Restaurants will fill it for you if you ask. Then you always have a drink at your side. (Plastic bottles cannot break down FYI). Check out my other post.
- Razor with replaceable blades- A replaceable blade means a better quality razor and it does a better job at removing hair and less chance of nicking. No more plastic razors that only last a few days, if that.
- From personal experience it is true. I have used the same razor for about 8 years. It is a men’s razor (women’s don’t cut it) with replaceable blades. The blades last a long time and the result is shiny smooth skin! Who could ask for more?
- Avoid receipts-We all hate them anyway. Go paperless. Make a separate email account if you don’t want to use your main one. Otherwise they end up crunched together in a pile somewhere and get thrown out.
For additional ways to ditch plastic…
- Stop using saran wrap
- Say no to ziplock bags
- No more straws (more info check here)
If you have to use it, find ways to reduce, reuse, or recycle. Ideas out there and just being aware is the first step to reduce your plastic use.