12 Ways To Reduce Your Plastic Use And Save The Planet
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Reducing our plastic usage can significantly help the environment. Below are some ways to inspire you to use less plastic:
#1. Filter Your Tap Water.
Consider investing in an activated carbon filter for your tap water and stop buying bottled water. This will reduce your plastic use but also will save you money.
#2. Carry A Reusable Bottle.
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It’s important to stay hydrated and what’s better than to carry your reusable water bottle with you everywhere. Refill is an app that will tell you where you can refill your bottle for free.
#3. Carry A Reusable Coffee Cup.
If you’re a coffee-lover, make your own at home and carry it with you to work in a reusable coffee cup, or take your cup to the cafe and request to have your coffee served in your cup. Some cafes even offer a small discount if you’re using your own cup.
#4. Refuse Plastic Straws.
Before taking a straw with your drink, think whether or not you really need to use one, if you don’t, simply say no. At home, consider using a reusable stainless steel or glass straw instead.
#5. Say No To Disposable Plastic Cutlery.
While we might not be able to simply go without cutlery to eat our food, you can always carry your metal cutlery with you when you intend on eating out or keep some cutlery in your desk drawer at work.
#6. Avoid Excessive Food Packaging.
Avoid bagged salad and precut food and start cutting your own food and buy food, like cereal, pasta, and rice from bulk bins and fill a reusable bag or container. It’s often much cheaper.
#7. Use Refill Stations For Detergents.
For detergents and some personal care products like shampoo, you can take your container and refill it over and over again. Zero Waste home’s app helps you find your nearest refill station.
#8. Get Your Milk Delivered.
Although this might not be as common as it used to be, you can still find such services where you get your milk delivered in a glass bottle, which then will be collected and reused. Find Me A MilkMan is an app that will find you the nearest milkround.
#9. Carry A Reusable Shopping Bag.
Refuse the plastic bags and start carrying your own reusable shopping bag. You can keep a foldaway one in your day bag or keep some in your car for your grocery shopping trips.
#10. Carry A Container To Order Your TakeAway.
Whether you’re eating at work, or you’re ordering a takeaway for home, consider keeping a food container in your desk at work and in your car. And if possible, try to pack your lunch to work as much as possible, it doesn’t just reduce your plastic usage, but also saves you money.
#11. Re-think Your Food Storage.
Start using plastic-free alternatives as containers and wraps for your food storage.
#12. Find Alternatives For Your Personal Care Products.
Many personal care products like toothpaste and face wash contain microplastics that are usually meant to exfoliate but that are also next to impossible to filter out. Instead, consider the following:
- Skip the disposable razor. Use a razor with replaceable blades instead
- Start using bamboo toothbrushes and
- Try baking-soda as toothpaste.
- Try natural remedies for your skincare routine. They can be more effective than chemical products.
- Start using a package-free bar of soap instead of your regular body wash.
- Use your tone in a spray bottle and let it air dry so you can cut down on cotton pads waste.
- Make your period waste-free. Options such as cloth pads, menstrual cups… will help you cut down on period waste.