More than 1 million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed from plastic every year.
Plastic is made to last forever, so it never goes away. Less than 3% of plastic bags are recycled a year, and it takes 1,000 years for them to degrade in the landfills. Let those hard-hitting facts sink in for a minute.
Check out these easy ways you can start reducing your waste in your every day life!
Stop using plastic straws, even in restaurants. If a straw is a must, purchase a reusable stainless steel or glass straw. Stock your household with reusable straws. One metal straw saves 540 plastic straws.
Eliminate paper towels (which come in plastic) and use washable cloth towels. One cloth towel saves 7,300 paper towels.
Opt for glass or stainless steel Tupperware instead of plastic. I use glass storage in my home and these lunch boxes for my grandkids.
Reusable Water Bottle
Invest in a reusable bottle (Poosh limited-edition S’well bottle rings in at $40, but when you break down the cost per use, that’s less than $0.12 a day).
Go one step further and take your reusable bottle with you when dining out instead of using the plastic cups, and pack it when traveling to avoid purchasing a water bottle at the airport.
One reusable water bottle amounts to 167 plastic water bottles. b) Buy a Brita to filter your water. c) Reach for your glassware over plastic bottled water.
Get rid of shampoo and conditioner bottles and swap for a bar like Lush. You can use a single shampoo bar for up to 80 washes, and their other products come in metal tins.
Replace your plastic toothbrush with a bamboo option. One bamboo toothbrush saves four plastic brushes.
There are going to be things that no matter what you do, you cannot avoid plastic, but you can surely make your plastic footprint minimal in comparison.
We have the power to make a big difference through small changes to our everyday actions. It’s about consistently committing to small efforts that will ultimately help better the world.