Reduce Your Plastic Use
7 Ways You Can Reduce Your Plastic Use
Celebrate Earth day this year by making a commitment to reduce your plastic use! Take a look around your house, you probably have some plastic water bottles, grocery bags, and other products that you use on a daily basis that are made from plastic. It may seem difficult to change your habits and cut back on your use of plastic without disrupting your daily routine, however that’s not the case!
Here are 7 ways you can reduce your plastic usage without affecting your lifestyle:
Buy in Bulk
Manufacturers use a ton of plastic when packaging their products, which means every time you purchase something the chances are it’s going to come wrapped in some form of plastic. While you obviously can’t stop buying groceries, you can still avoid buying plastic wrapped items. Buying in bulk is a great option when buying things like toilet paper, if you’re buying in bulk you’d be using less plastic than you would buying individual rolls or smaller packs.
Glass > Plastic
When you’re home and you want some water or any other kind of drink, reach for a glass cup rather than a plastic one. Glass can easily be recycled, some municipal recycling centers will only process certain types of plastics, always choose a glass bottle or cup when you have the choice.
Don’t Buy Cheap Razors
You may not want to spend the money on a more expensive razor, but buying tons of disposable razors that can only be used once or twice is not exactly eco-friendly. Instead, buy a razor with a replaceable blade, you may have to spend a little more upfront, but it’s worth it to cut back on your overall plastic use.
Store Your Food Wisely
Think about how you pack your food when you’re taking lunch to work, or even how you store leftovers after dinner. You might not realize how much plastic you’re wasting by just packing up food. If you’re one of the many who use Ziploc bags, saran wrap, and plastic containers to store your food, don’t worry, you won’t have to completely change your routine to achieve a more plastic free lifestyle. Store your lunch and leftovers in washable glass containers, they’re not just eco-friendly, but are safer for you when reheating your food.
Make Your Own Juice
Juice is great for your body, fruit juices are full of nutrients and vitamins your body needs, however the plastic bottles juices come in are not good for the environment. Next time you’re doing some food shopping, buy some fresh fruits and veggies and skip over the processed juices. Use the fresh produce to make your own juices, saving some plastic and also cutting down on artificial flavoring and a ton of sugar!
Avoid Plastic Utensils
It might be hard to not use plastic utensils when eating lunch at school or work, but try to fight the urge so you don’t create more plastic waste. If you order take out from a restaurant, tell them they don’t need to include the plastic utensils when delivering your food. Making these small changes may not seem effective but in the end it does help!
Reusable Shopping Bags
If you go shopping a lot, whether for food or products you’re wasting a ton of plastic. Rather than taking the bags from the stores to get your stuff home, bring your own reusable shopping bags. You can find reusable shopping bags almost anywhere at a very low cost, it may seem like a hassle to make the switch, but the amount of plastic you’re cutting back on is worth it!
By using these tips in your daily routine you can significantly cut down on your plastic usage without making any drastic changes to your lifestyle! We hope you found this post helpful and can start cutting back this Earth Day! Remember if you have a ton of waste that you need to dispose of properly, call us at Waste Solutions 123 for a quality dumpster rental!