Plastic has been an integral part of our lives but to limit its use, and eventually eliminating its usage is an environmental goal. It is challenging to limit its usage, especially in some fields such as food industry but we have to think of better ways. It would be good for our health and for the environment altogether. Here are some additional tips that you can consider to limit the use of plastic in your life:
Say no to chewing gum
This will come as shock to many but is true. Natural rubber used to be the main ingredient in chewing gums but then food scientists replaced it with the synthetic rubber. That rubber is known as polyethylene and polyvinyl acetate, and are like plastic only if you compare their side effects. Chewing gum produces toxic tumors in lab rats, is not biodegradable but is still not banned. You need to ban it on your own in your life.
Buy fresh bread
Bread comes in a plastic packaging but not if you buy fresh bread that comes in paper packaging or no packaging at all. This is only possible if you are fortunate enough to have a bakery by your house. You can visit it every morning, order a fresh bread loaf and take it home in your cloth bag. For storing also, you can consider the green way, which is to wrap bread in a cloth and put it in an airtight box, rather than a plastic.
Refuse to use single-use shopping bags
Single-use plastic bags that you get with your shopping are big culprits that go down our oceans and waterways, clog them and some end up in landfill sites. They keep polluting water and air year after year because they just don’t biodegrade.
You need to act like a responsible citizen and ensure you do not accept single-use bags, rather carry your own cloth or other green bags for shopping. They are washable, reusable, green, and pretty replacements that can do a lot to sustain the environment.
Little things leave a great impact, and the use of steel straws initiated by some restaurants is an ideal example of it. Plastic straws you get with drinks, thousands of them everyday go into the landfill sites and you know what happens thereafter. A solution to this is to use a steel straw; you can keep a one in your bag all the time. You visit any restaurant; refuse to use the plastic straw and use your steel straw, and try to motivate others as well.
Reusable menstrual products
All you pretty women out there; you can do your bit by using reusable menstrual products. Probably you will find this option a bit weird and problematic initially but sooner you will realize and take pride in doing so much for the sake of environment. To go by a research, a woman on an average uses 16, 800 disposable menstrual products in her life, all of which end up in landfill sites. As it is plastic, it does not dissolve.
An environmentally friendly alternative to this dangerous situation is to use reusable menstrual products. There is no denying that they will take extra maintenance but it is nothing in front of their eco-friendly benefits.
Avoid plastic use in the freezer
People use plastic in freezer because they think glass is not a freezer friendly material. However, it is just a myth because you can use glass jars in the freezer provided you know the tactic to prevent glass from receiving a temperature change shock. Metal is another material to consider but do make sure you avoid plastic.
We all need to ban plastic use in our lives because it is a poisonous material, which degrades our welfare and health. It also poses serious threat to the environment, so banning it the most beneficial alternative.