We all know the harmful effects that plastic has on the environment, especially marine life. Plastics take thousands of years to break down and when it eventually does, it releases a cocktail of chemicals into the atmosphere and sea. If trying to live a plastic-free life in 2019 is one of your new year’s resolutions, read further. We’ve compiled 5 simple yet budget-friendly tips to help you reduce your plastic usage after the holiday season:
- Bring your own bag– Simple yet very effective. Plastic bags are one of the biggest polluters to the environment. The next time you shop, all you have to do is bring your own bags, or buy a canvas bag. These bags are reusable and best of all sustainable.
- Use a menstrual cup – It is estimated that over 45 billion products (pads, tampons, applicators) related to menstruation are disposed of per annum. These are not- recyclable. Why not use a menstrual cup instead? It is a much cleaner, safer, and a sustainable alternative to pads and tampons. One cup can last you years, saving you thousands of rands.
- Reusable straws – The USA alone uses 500 million straws every day, what about the rest of the world? Straws are overlooked as a polluter because they are such a normal part of our lives. You can make a big difference by just buying a reusable glass or stainless steel straw that will last for years.
- Make your own toothpaste – When you swap to using DIY toothpaste, you cut plastic out in two ways: the plastic tubes used as containers and the plastic microbeads used for whitening. Making your own toothpaste is simple, all you need is a small mason jar, coconut oil, baking soda, water, and peppermint essential oils. For the recipe click here (http://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/how-to-make-natural-tooth-powder-at-home/)
- Use a glass water bottle – Plastic water bottles has a far-reaching negative effect on the environment. They pollute both the land and sea. In the USA alone 1500 plastic bottles are consumed every second. The planet is suffering. You can help by buying a glass bottle that can be reused. Even if you just reuse a plastic bottle you have at home, you’re already helping the environment.
Our planet needs us. By following a multi-pronged approach we can do something;
- reduce personal plastic use
- pressure companies to produce less plastic
- deal with the plastic that is already in our environment.
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