Do you wish to reduce your consumption of plastic and practice environmental responsibility? The majority of individuals resent contributing to landfills and are aware that plastic does not biodegrade. You’ll also be exposed to fewer poisons, like lead, that are contained in plastic if you use less of it. You can drastically reduce the amount of plastic you use daily by making a few minor changes.
A significant move towards protecting the environment and fostering sustainability is reducing the use of plastic. Here are some helpful suggestions and recommendations to reduce your use of plastic.
- Reusable Bags: To avoid using plastic bags when shopping for groceries or other products, carry reusable cloth or mesh bags.
2. Avoid purchasing beverages in plastic bottles: Although water, carbonated beverages, and fruit juice are frequently marketed in plastic bottles, there are many more environmentally friendly alternatives; you can purchase recyclable cardboard tubes and boxes of juice concentrate.
3. Say no to plastic straws: Say No to Straws by declining plastic straws at restaurants and, if necessary, carrying your own reusable silicone, stainless steel, or bamboo straw.
4. Buy in bulk: Purchasing in bulk is a good way to avoid plastic packaging by getting goods like grains, nuts, and spices in large quantities.
5. Switch to bar soap from liquid soap: Bar soap frequently comes without packaging, especially if you get it from an organic store, unlike liquid soap, which usually comes in a plastic bottle with packaging. Health food stores often have unpackaged bar soap available as well.
6. Repair, don’t replace: As many electronic components involve plastic, fix broken products like electronics or appliances rather than replacing them.
7. DIY Toiletries: Make your own personal care items at home, such as shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion, and keep them in recyclable containers.
You can substantially lessen your plastic footprint and help the environment by including these life hacks in your everyday routine. Keep in mind that even tiny actions can have a significant impact!
Contributed by — Isha Bildikar & Gayatri Deshmukh, Social Lab
Social Lab provides circular waste management solutions fostering the transition from a linear to circular economy. We work closely with companies, municipalities, and international organizations on solid, plastic, battery, and e-waste management.