The use, or rather abuse, of plastic has exploded in recent decades and is producing significant negative consequences for the environment, health and the economy across the globe.
The problem is not the plastic itself, but the wasteful way it is used and also that little attention is paid to its long-term health effects.
Look around you. You may see many plastic objects that you consider essential: the computer, the mobile phone or the credit cards.
It is not easy at all, but you can significantly reduce the use of household plastic, as well as the use of petroleum derivatives. Now, trying it takes some effort, time and some discomfort. It is an exercise in environmental self-control that surely has a lot of educational and awareness-raising utility and, in addition, allows us to become aware of our dependence on crude oil.
1. Stop buying juices, sodas and other drinks that come in plastic bottles
Although it is more cumbersome to buy returnable bottles, it is better than buying plastic bottles, there are even some companies that offer their contents in glass bottles. That is why it is always better to go for that option if possible. However, the best advice is to drink natural fruit juices whose pulp is not bottled.
2. No more gum!
Chewing gum is basically like chewing plastic. Since World War II, researchers dedicated to analyzing food have stopped using natural gum in chewing gum and have replaced it with synthetic rubber known as polyethylene and polyvinyl acetate. These substances are considered toxic and are known to have produced carcinogenic tumors in laboratory rats. However, under pressure from the industry they have not been banned. Added to this is that chewing gum is not biodegradable, which causes damage to the environment when it is thrown away.
3. Use glass or metal in your fridge
When it comes to storing things in your fridge, you don't need to do it in plastic containers. Glass containers work the same if they are only two-thirds full. The jars are good for storing foods like sauce and milk. To ensure that these foods keep well in these containers, follow this advice: when removing them from the refrigerator, let them defrost slowly. Stainless steel is also a good option for changing plastic containers.
4. Say no to straws
The straws generate a lot of pollution to the environment. Figures show that more than 500 million cigarettes are thrown away every day in the United States alone. This amount could fill more than 127 school buses. If you feel like you can't live without straws, buy reusable straws like glass or stainless steel straws.
5. Eat ice cream in a cone and not in a glass
Avoid eating ice cream in glasses made of polystyrene. Also, avoid using plastic spoons. Following this path, buy popsicle molds and sticks made of stainless steel instead of plastic.
6. Make your own yogurt.
Making yogurt is pretty easy. You can buy a machine to make it or mix a quart of milk of any kind, a tablespoon of sugar, a pinch of salt, and two tablespoons of probiotics. This is much better than buying yogurt at the supermarket.
7. Have a compost bin
By returning compost all organic waste you will be able to considerably reduce the amount of garbage you take out each week. By effectively separating this organic waste from the regular waste, the latter will be drier. This limits the need for heavy plastic bags. You will also have rich soil to grow or fertilize your bushes.
8. Use bar soap instead of liquid soap
Bar soap is cheap, you can often get it without packaging, and is just as effective as liquid soap. All of this makes it the perfect option for reducing your use of plastic.
9. Buy toilet paper that is not wrapped in plastic.
In stores that sell office supplies you can find toilet paper that is not packaged in plastic, but in cardboard boxes.
10. Do not use non-stick products
Although it is a difficult habit to break, non-stick items release chemicals that are toxic to your health. Instead of using Teflon and other non-stick elements, use objects made of cast iron, stainless steel, or copper.
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