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Have you tried to save plastic at home?
It’s not a secret anymore that plastic’s invasion of the planet is a REALLY serious issue – it’s a global problem. Plastic has become a constant element in our lives. You can find it everywhere. Product packaging, cosmetic ingredients, food storage, kitchen utensils, etc.
Although recycling can help reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in your house, only a few types of plastics can be recycled by most governments. The plastic garbage that ends up in the ocean takes hundreds of years to degrade, and there’s increasing concern about the toxins they release into our environment.
Experts say our oceans will be tied up with more plastic than fish by 2050! Reducing the consumption of plastics requires not only a change in our habits but also a change in people’s mindsets.
In Bali, our famous beaches like Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak were buried by up to 90 tonnes of plastic rubbish – this is becoming an annual event. Not only because of the rainy season, but the trash handling system also hasn’t been effective in Indonesia.
But at the end of the day, it boils down to this: our society uses way too much plastic.
The good thing is that it is in our hands, to turn this situation around. We have the absolute power to change the way we consume plastics – starting from your home. It is much simpler than it seems.
Here are some tips to save plastic at home that can change your life, your environment, and the life of our planet.
Tips To Save Plastic At Home
If you go shopping, remember to take a reusable bag
I go to the supermarket at least twice a week to fill up our fridges. Well, they’re mostly just snacks, ice cream, or sweets. We have so many cloth bags at our home. Every time I go out, I always bring reusable bags (cloth, string, or wicker). By using reusable bags, the health of our earth will improve. So, from now on remember to take yours when leaving the house.
Replace your food and drink storage
Plastic wrap, plastic storage, and plastic baggies are worth re-evaluating. Why not pack a bento box? Why not use jars or glass containers in the fridge? These types of containers can be used instead of throwing away plastic zipper bags or disposable ones.
Back in those days when I was still in elementary school, I recalled that my mother always packages my lunch using a Tupperware container. When I still work in the office, I also bring my own lunch. So, if you eat at work, a Tupperware container is part of your day. Well, now I’m working at home so I save plastic at home!
I suggest you change your routine and opt for glass or stainless steel containers. Not only that, you can bring your on-the-go containers, ocean bottle, coffee thermos, and utensils with you so when you get food or drinks to-go, you won’t waste any packaging. The shops might even thank you for saving them the cost of to-go containers!
Not only do you save the planet, but also save your health because some of these plastic containers can release harmful substances.
Put your plastic waste in the correct recycling container
Our lifestyle sometimes prevents us from paying attention to details. Therefore, when it comes to recycling plastic waste it can end up in the wrong container. Before throwing your waste away, pay attention to where each item has to go.
Make those around you aware to save plastic at home
If, in addition to saving your consumption of plastic at home, you manage to get your family to do the same by setting an example, the impact of your actions for the good of the planet will increase exponentially.
And here, I have a list of eco-friendly gifts you can choose from for your eco-warrior friends or co-workers!
Go Zero Waste for items you use every day
Going 100% Zero Waste is a somewhat unrealistic step for many people, but you don’t have to go all in to make it count. Start with what you can do and make a change.
Here’s my tip to make the biggest impact: Swap one or two items you use on daily basis with a zero-waste alternative.
Start by thinking about items that you use often that come with plastic packaging. For example:
- Stop buying bottles of water, unless it’s necessary. If you’re privileged to live in a place where the water is drinkable, great! If not, invest in a filter system.
- Change your cosmetics or bathroom products that use micro-plastics with free-plastic products.
- Use cleaning pods, wooden dish brushes, or eco sponges for cleaning up.
These are things you use on a daily basis. Imagine how great it would be if you could eliminate the amount of plastic used in your life if you were able to save plastic at home!
I hope you’re able to find a few tips here that seem easy you can do to save plastic at home. Well, instead of trying them all at once, take it one step at a time. And before you know it, saving plastic at home will be a part of your daily life – not only you but people around you as well.
Let me know your tips to save plastic at home below. I’d like to know more ways how we can save our planet from humankind!