How can we reduce our plastic consumption?
Plastic is a huge problem for our environment. Lots of it is not recycled. Much is shipped away to Africa or Asia, rotting away there causing diseases. Or floating in the oceans, harming aquatic life. We are suffocating in plastic.
Everyone can help; everyone can start the change to less plastic consumption.
How can we change our habits and use less plastic?
Some tips to reduce our everyday plastic consumption:
Reusable shopping bag
Bring your own reusable shopping bag. In many countries in Europe, we don’t give out plastic bags anymore in the supermarkets. You can buy a reusable bag or a paper bag. Get yourself a good-looking bag, maybe even one with a statement, and keep it in the car, so it is always there for those unexpected errands. It will make such a difference in the amount of daily plastic waste and reduce plastic pollution considerably. A foldable shopping bag for the handbag is also a great option and fits in even the tiniest handbag.
Buy in bulk
Bring your own storage containers and buy your dry ingredients in bulk, that reduces the weekly waste tremendously. Lots of stores already give you the option to do so. Less packaging, less waste, here you can actually go zero waste. And there are beautiful containers out there, real eye-catchers for every kitchen. #zerowaste
Reusable make-up remover pads
Start using reusable make–up remover pads. Usually made from bamboo cotton, they are soft and easy to use. They often come with a washable laundry bag and can be washed with your other laundry.
Ditch the cling film and use beewax cloth. They keep the food as well protected and fresh, and they are reusable and produce no waste at all. Also, they exist in lots of different designs, and make leftovers look absolutely great.
Get yourself a reusable water bottle! No more single use plastic water bottles. They exist in stainless steel which is perfect for everyday use and easy to clean.
Try to choose glass as your preferred container. Glass can be used indefinitely, and it can be recycled indefinitely. It is a real and eco-friendly alternative to plastic.
Changing habits is never easy, but it can be done. Start small; start at home. Conscious consumption starts at home; it’s a change of habits and a change of lifestyle.
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