What better way to honor this year’s Earth Day than by making the commitment to reduce your single-use plastic waste starting today!
Single-use plastic has already caused (and is still causing) devastating damage on our ecology. If we want to take care of our planet better, then we need to learn how to go plastic-free.
But that is not an easy feat considering how much plastic is used in our everyday products. The key is to take it one step at a time and to be patient with your own pace. Going completely zero-waste is not something everyone can afford from the get-go, but definitely something we can all work towards.
Let’s get you started!
Here are 7 ways to reduce your single-use plastic waste:
1. Take time to prepare
Reducing your single-use plastic waste involves a lot of forward planning and preparation. Think about items that you can use instead of disposables such as metal straws, portable cutlery sets, collapsible tumblers, net produce bags, and beeswax food wraps.
Before stepping out of the house, visualize how your day will go and which of the above items you might need and take them with you so you don’t come up short.
2. Carry your own reusable bags and containers
Always have a reusable bag with you that you can just roll up and stuff into your pouch whenever you leave the house. This way you don’t have to accept plastic bags for every purchase.
Consider taking washable bags to the supermarket to hold your loose veggies and fruits. It’s also a good idea to carry along lidded containers if you want to do some impromptu snack shopping for the kids.
3. Look out for good local suppliers
Going plastic-free and reducing your single-use plastic waste will urge you to go back in time when there were no supermarkets and you had to see your local grocers, fishmongers, butchers, and bakers to get your everyday local produce – where everything isn’t smothered in cling wrap! Plus, they come cheaper too!
4. Find a zero-waste shop
With the plastic-free movement slowly taking over the world, more zero-waste shops are popping up in every locality. These shops offer food and supplies packaging-free and you just have to bring along your own containers for refills.
5. Visit your local health food shop
Health food shops often offer alternatives to plastic such as bamboo toothbrushes, condiments in glass bottles, and packaging-free soap. Like zero-waste stores, they might also supply refills for common cleaning products.
6. Swap out your plastics
Switch to shampoo bars instead of your plastic-bottled shampoo, make your own toothpaste and deodorants, use beeswax paper instead of cling wrap – these are just some of the ways you can swap out your plastics for more environment-friendly alternatives.
7. Get your milk bottles from the local milkman
Strike a deal with your local milkman and have your dairy bottles delivered and refilled. If you’re dairy free, there is always the option to buy plant milk stored in bottles, or better yet, make your own.
Read the full article by BBC Good Food here for more tips on how to reduce single-use plastic waste in honor of Earth Day 2019.