We can’t deny it. Left, right and center we are being bombarded with the scary images of a world drowning in plastic, seas full of floating islands of the stuff, and marine life suffering the consequences of human carelessness. Micro-particles and micro-fibers from plastic and polyester have permeated the fish we eat, the water we use for crops and drinking, even the air we breathe. Our health and the health of our planet are under threat.
We have become so used to single-use or disposable plastic items we tend to overlook the environmental consequences. Around the world, one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, while up to 5 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year, most of them only end up being used once. In total, half of all plastic produced is designed to be used only once.
10 Ways to Reduce Plastic Use
- Use a washing machine with a micro-fiber filter.
- Go natural with cotton, silk or wool clothing. Avoid synthetics where possible.
- Avoid individual plastic water bottles; fill a flask with drinking water from a larger source.
- Buy whatever dried foods like legumes, rice, nuts and dried fruit you can from bulk tubs. Take paper bags or small re-usable cloth bags.
- Buy fresh fruit and vegetables unpackaged. Use re-usable cloth bags. Then take things home in a re-usable grocery bag.
- Stock your kitchen with Pyrex or glass jars for storage, they look good as well as being healthier.
- Use metal, ceramic, bamboo or glass bowls instead of plastic.
- Use wooden clothes hangers.
- Eat at places with an environmental policy. Paper straws are being introduced in many, for example.
- And very importantly – dispose of your plastic bags and other plastic items responsibly!
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