10 Ways to Reduce Plastic Foot Prints
Rather than waiting for the government to make plastic ban, lets start from our end to stop using plastics. Let’s be sensible while using plastics as we are yet to leave a good environment to our future generations, their world should be with less burden and full of beautiful things. Few things which we can use in our daily activities will make a big impact in saving the plastic footprints in our world. Also, we are in urge to do it immediately.
- Avoid plastic shopping bags: Use a reusable shopping bag. A single plastic bag can take 1,000 years to degrade. Purchase or make your own reusable shopping bag and be sure to wash them often!
- Avoid bottled juices: Make fresh squeezed juice or eat fruit instead of buying juice in plastic bottles. It’s healthier and better for the environment.
- Avoid using disposable razors: Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of a disposable razor
- Avoid using Straws: Think about it: when you order coffee at a restaurant or cafe, you don’t use a straw to drink it. So why do you need a straw for your water or soda? Saying NO to single-use straws is easier than you think. Restaurants and bars have the tendency to give you a plastic straw even before you have the chance to let them know you’d rather not have one, so make sure upon ordering drinks that you let your waiter or bartender know you are okay with no straw.
- Switch from disposable diapers to cloth: If you’ve got a young baby, you know how many diapers can end up in the trash each day.
- Make your period waste-free: There are several non-disposable options out there to cut down on period waste. All these choices reduce incredible amount of packaging that most pads and tampons are encased in. If you’re not in a situation where giving up tampons is an option, consider skipping brands with plastic applicators.
- Pack your lunch in glass containers instead of plastic or other metallic styles from our childhoods: There are many brands that make glass containers with lids for all your packed-food needs. I never remembered using plastic boxes for my lunch during my school days, it’s the recent years plastic have started invading us.
- Swap out your plastic toothbrush: Whether you believe it or not, every single toothbrush affects the environment. One billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown out every single year, creating about 50 million pounds of waste annually. There have not been any scientific research results that plastic toothbrushes perform better over bamboo ones. Just like plastic toothbrushes, bamboo brushes needed to be replaced just as often, about every 3 months, but the handle of a bamboo toothbrush only takes about 6 months to biodegrade back into the soil. On the other hand, a plastic toothbrush will never biodegrade and will remain in the environment forever.
- Don’t just discard electronics: Aim to repair or upgrade your devices instead of buying new ones. Sell gadgets and computer parts, or find a facility where you can turn them in for recycling.
- If it’s plastic, think twice: While this last point is not a specific item, we realize that there are many other ways to help reduce your plastic intake than the listed points on this blog. Everything from the toys that kids are playing with to the many plastic supplies used for a birthday party, plastic items are all around us. While we understand that avoiding plastic at all costs is near impossible, we encourage you to avoid it when possible and to think twice before purchasing a plastic item that can easily be replaced.