Plastic is literally everywhere. It is in the ocean and strewn across that corner you take every day to go to work. People often use plastic due to its sheer convenience and how cheap it is to use. But it is not cheap at all as it costs the environment a lot; plastic takes forever to decay and in most cases doesn’t decay at all, thereby polluting the environment to a great degree. Here in this article, we will look at some useful ways of living a plastic-free life.
One is better than many
When you go shopping, make sure to buy in bulk. When you buy in bulk, you are essentially making sure that you don’t visit the grocery store often. If you don’t visit the grocery store often then you won’t be needed that many smaller bags each time. Many supermarkets have become eco-friendly and have moved on to cloth bags. The cloth bags are environmentally friendly but they are more expensive, and there are no small cloth bags either. So your frequent shopping trips require the use of smaller plastic bags to help you with carrying what you have gotten. So our advice is to shop in bulk and refrain from asking shop owners for plastic bags.
Don’t Drink that water
Bottled water is one of the largest sources of plastic waste as it is found around the world; in almost all countries. Old plastic bottles begin to deteriorate and are thus thrown away. But these bottles don’t break down into useful compounds in the soil; they instead become a nuisance that is either thrown in landfills or in the oceans. The plastic bottles take decades to decay and even when they do, they release harmful chemicals leading to increased damage to the environment. So carry an eco-friendly bottle or use a paper cup instead.
Try not to use plastic containers to store your food as it has been found that after bottles, people tend to use plastic containers a lot as well. Plastic containers pose a unique challenge as it is often heated and cooled drastically, meaning that the chemical composition is often affected due to the frequent change in temperature. The change in temperature leads to potentially harmfully chemicals being released due to the bonds becoming weak due to the changes in temperature. Use stainless steel boxes or paper bags to pack lunch. Try to use ceramic bowls instead of plastic containers to microwave your food.
Remember that the change has to start with you.