Plastics are everywhere. BUT around 30% of plastics consumed are single-use and they are one of the biggest sources of land and water pollution and climate change! Thankfully, there are plenty of eco-friendly alternatives you can use to swap out single-use plastics from your lives - and we will share them with you today!
The plastic cutlery accompanying your yummy takeout meal happens to be one of the top contributors to the planet’s plastic waste. Here’s what you should do instead- Get yourself a bamboo cutlery set made from organic bamboo and store it in a box or case to keep it handy on the go. Once done with your meal, wash the cutlery, and store it again for your next takeout meal. Buy two sets if you order takeouts every day.
Reusable Bamboo or Stainless steel Straws
Out of all the single-use plastic waste, straws are most likely to end up in the waterways. They are thin, flimsy, and easily break into smaller bits, polluting the soil and water along the way. What makes things worse is these non-biodegradable straws are a health hazard with high chances of chemicals from the plastic leaching into your drink.
Skip these straws and buy reusable silicone, stainless steel or bamboo straws. These reusable straws are sturdy and long-lasting and typically come in a pack with their very own cleaning brush for hassle-free maintenance.
Not only are rechargeable batteries great for the planet, but also your pocket. They can be used repeatedly, making them way more sustainable than disposable batteries. That said, invest in only good quality rechargeable batteries made by well-known brands, as cheap ones might drain too quickly.
Reusable Coffee Cups with Lids
If you love coffee, you may have discovered that most takeaway coffee cups are made with plastic linings and therefore cannot be recycled.
Plastic free alternatives: Reusable glass Keep Cups, porcelain mugs or have your coffee dining in.
And if you are buying a takeaway coffee and can’t use your reusable cup, say no to the lid!
Globally, over 78 million metric tonnes of plastic packaging is produced every year and it’s projected that plastic production will increase by 40% by 2030. The packaging industry is the largest converter of virgin plastics, and many of these are only used once for food packaging, shopping bags and beverage bottles.
Plastic free alternatives: Choose Nature-friendly takeaway! Next time you order takeaway, choose cuisines like pizza or Mexican that don’t often come in plastic containers and avoid pre-packaged meals. Most food outlets will happily put the food directly into your own reusable container if you ask. Some options for containers include glass containers, stainless steel lunch boxes and mason jars. You can also shop at bulk food stores and bring your own containers to fill. If you’re eating out, why not ask your favourite outlets to switch to compostable and eco-friendly alternatives?
Biodegradable Craft Glitter
Traditional craft glitter is chock-full of plastic and aluminum that takes hundreds of years to disintegrate. As a microplastic, it’s one of the scarier plastics that are impossible to recycle because of their small size.
These tiny tricky specks almost always end up in the seas and oceans, harming aquatic life. But worry not. Your DIY craft projects don’t have to be glitter-free. Simply opt for non-toxic, plant cellulose-based colorful sparkles. It adds as much shine as the more commonly used counterpart, with nearly 90% less plastic content.
Eco Friendly Plates
Disposable Plastic plates are a common feature at parties, celebrations, and picnics. They are too flimsy to be reused; while you can recycle them more often than not, they end up in landfills. Instead, opt for biodegradable plates made from bamboo, wheat straw, and other earth-friendly materials.