Seven Simple Ways To Reduce Plastic Use

Seven Simple Ways To Reduce Plastic Use

In this day and age, achieving an eco-friendly lifestyle is an important aspect of everyday life. We offer resources on sustainable living and made a commitment to sustainably manufactured products to help you achieve those goals. However, there’s one material that still wreaks havoc on planet Earth: plastic.

So what effect does plastic have on our environment? According to The Guardian, plastic now pollutes every corner of the Earth, which has put us in an entirely new geological era. Yikes! But we’re going to keep a positive tone here because it’s pretty easy to reduce plastic use.

How to avoid plastic usage

It’s a cliche statement, but it’s true… one person can make a difference! It’s easy to underestimate how much plastic we use every day. In addition to recycling (which is an easy commitment), here are seven super easy ways to reduce plastic use:

 

  • Don’t buy plastic bottles: Purchase a refillable water bottle that you can throw in the dishwasher to clean.
  • Say no to straws: Americans consume 500 million straws daily. Plus, straws easily entangle marine animals, including sea turtles, and are consumed by fish.
  • Bring your own coffee cup: Yes, everyone loves coffee, we know! But you can make eco-friendly choices while drinking it… choose a reusable coffee mug to avoid polluting with the large amount of Starbucks cups you drink weekly!
  • Avoid disposable forks, knives and spoons: Use stainless steel tableware instead, or consider these compostable utensils.
  • Bring your own reusable shopping bag: Although some states have outlawed plastic bags, bring your own reusable bags to the grocery store. Keep them in the back of your car so you don’t leave them at home!
  • Skip the ziploc bags and bring lunch in a reusable container: A reusable container is the more practical option anyways… you can fit much more inside!
  • Recycle electronics: Don’t just discard them. We’re constantly upgrading televisions, laptops and game systems, but it doesn’t take long to research a recycling facility.