In honor of Earth Week, we wanted to share some easy tips that everyone can start with to begin weaning ourselves off our plastic dependence. Plastic is probably one of the biggest threats to our environment today. Every single piece of plastic ever created still exists on this earth and will take hundreds of years to breakdown. Plastic in itself is an amazing material with lots of wonderful applications, the problem is that very little is recycled and the majority ends up in our oceans and landfills. The scary part is that when plastic does break down it releases toxic particles, and we are already beginning to find these tiny particles in the food we eat because fish and animals frequently ingest the plastic they find Eeek!
So while going completely plastic free won't happen overnight, here are 5 easy ways to start.
1. STOP USING PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES
More than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills and incinerators EVERY DAY – a total of about 22 billion last year. Forget about the environment for a minute, plastic bottles contain BPA which has now been linked to serious health risks like infertility and found to produce defects in embryos. Babies and children are the most susceptible. So no excuses, this needs to be the first to go and there are so many great alternatives
We love S'well's BPA free aluminum bottles that are designed to keep your beverage hot or cold for 24 hours with tons of cute designs to choose from. Or if you need to refill on the go, try one of Brita or Lifestraw's BPA-Free water bottles with built in water filters. You can even scoop water out of a river or stream while hiking!
2. DITCH PLASTIC BAGS
I know this seems like another obvious one, but plastic bags are one of the largest contributors of plastic pollution. With so many alternatives out there, plastic bags still make the top of our list and should be one of the first things to go to ditch your plastic dependence. Here are some helpful tips!
3. SKIP THE STRAW
Those swirly plastic straws might look cute in your margarita, but they never break down and end up in landfills, lakes, oceans and more often then not ingested by wildlife. The picture of a sea turtle with a straw stuck in its nose recently went viral, causing millions to speak out against ocean pollution. Unfortunately this encounter is a sobering reminder of the scale of this problem.
So lets skip the straw and opt for one of these eco friendly fun alternatives instead, Stainless steel, Paper & Bamboo straws.
4. SWAP OUT YOUR PLASTIC Q TIPS FOR ECO FRIENDLY ONES
Millions of plastic Q-Tips are thrown out and flushed down the toilet every day. And if anyone saw Justin Hofman's photo of a tiny seahorse clinging to a pink plastic cotton swab you'll know how plastic pollution has left virtually no corner of our world untouched.
The problem is so grave that the UK is set to ban plastic Q-Tips & other single-use plastics (straws!) as early as next year. Luckily you can still keep you ears squeaky clean with great alternatives like fully biodegradable and bamboo cotton swabs.
5. SAY GOODBYE TO PLASTIC TOOTHBRUSHES
Yup, over 5 Billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown out every year! Have you ever even thought about recycling your used toothbrush? That means you know exactly where they will end up. The good news is there are lots of new alternatives from toothbrushes made from recycled yogurt cups by Preserve, Bamboo toothbrushes, recycled & biodegradable toothbrushes from Bogobrush, to Radius' petroleum free toothbrushes made from cellulose sourced from renewable timber.
We hope that these 5 tips will help you start to ditch your plastic dependence and we look forward to sharing more tips and tricks to more sustainable living. Change doesn't happen over night, but its the little things that do make a big difference. Remember, its time to #GIVEASHIT!
CEO & FOunder
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