We can all do our part to help the environment, and we don’t have to go to extreme lengths to do it. By following these simple tips, you can greatly reduce the amount of plastic you use in your home.
Buy a cloth shopping bag
Instead of paying for plastic and nylon bags every time you go shopping, take a cloth shopping bag with you. There are some great cloth bags out there and you can even make your own. Some stores even give away free cloth bags from time to time. Avoiding buying plastic bags for your groceries can greatly reduce the amount of plastic that you use.
Avoid Using Plastic Straws
Plastic disposable straws are a type of single-use plastic that is easily avoided. Single-use plastic refers to those things you use once and then throw away. So, instead of reaching for plastic disposable straws you can try out metal straws or use a washable plastic straw that can be used many times
Avoid bottled water
Buying bottled water isn’t necessarily a good idea in general. The water in bottled water is less regulated than tap water, and the packaging and shipment of bottled water are extraordinary. Add the fact that it is pretty pricy and that should be enough to put you off completely. But bottled water also results in unnecessary plastic waste that can be avoided. Instead, try using a washable metal or plastic water bottle.
Make your own soda
Instead of buying bottles of soda you can easily make your own at home with a soda maker. These soda makers carbonate water to the perfect amount of fizziness and you can also get a lot of great flavors. The best part is you won’t have to lug a bunch of heavy bottles home when you do the shopping. Making your own soda reduces the number of plastic bottles you dispose of and it can save you money.
Use bamboo or wooden cutlery
Plastic disposable cutlery is another single-use plastic and is one of the most wasteful uses of plastic. Most times this kind of plastic cannot be recycled, so instead use bamboo or wooden utensils at your next picnic. Its little lifestyle changes that can have a dramatic effect on the fight to help save our planet