I think all of us have heard about global warming, turtles eating straws in the oceans, animals getting tangled in plastic bags every day. Carbon emissions are bigger than ever. Pollution is killing our planet and it is time to do something about it.
Today I wanted to talk to you about plastic waste. There is no way that you haven’t bought anything that has plastic in it. If you’re buying meat in the supermarket – the packaging is plastic. If you ever forgot the bags when you went for shopping – you had to buy another plastic one. Most of packaging these days is plastic because it is cheap to produce. But what about the recycling?
Only half of the plastic is actually recyclable – the other half is one-use only.
It is hard to keep up with all the numbers but to this day there is 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile floating in the ocean. 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the ocean every year, where 90% of it is plastic waste! Some researchers claim that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
If we will keep heading to this future, there will be no coral reefs, no fish, no ocean life because of the pollution. We have to do something about it! There are ways to reduce plastic waste in your household and contribute to saving our planet!
I always start with this. It is a simple change but can do so much good to our planet. Swap the plastic containers you have at home to glass or porcelain jars! It is so much more Eco-friendly! But don’t throw the plastic containers away! Instead, try to re-use them as a decoration in your house or another storage box. Jars are great substitution for plastic and they are much more recyclable!
Little tip: if you decide to throw the jars away, remember to recycle the lids too! Empty the jar, clean it and put the lid back on. That reduces chance of it getting lost during sorting process.
METAL WATER BOTTLES
I own three metal bottles and I don’t move without having one in my bag. There is so many great bottles on the market you can buy. It doesn’t have to be expensive – the prices are starting from £6 and go up. I believe that the cheapest one is probably poor quality and it can leave a metal taste in your water so I would recommend to go for the middle priced one! Once you buy that kind of bottle it will last 12 years so it is something that is worth investing in.
Little tip: always empty your water bottle at the end of the day. This will help your bottle to stay clean and without rust.
FABRIC SHOPPING BAGS
The biggest retailers in the UK have sold 549 million single-use plastic bags in 2019. It is a smaller amount than it was in 2016, where the numbers reached 2.1 billion but I believe that we all can work on that. Buy yourself a couple of reusable bags. Keep it on the sight so you will never forget them when going shopping. This way you won’t have to buy any plastic bags! Simple right?
Little tip: don’t buy fabric bags from the Internet. I highly recommend to buy it from the shop itself as the quality can be deceiving. You need a strong bag that will last you a long time!
AVOID PACKAGED FOOD
Now, this might be one of the hardest things to do as everything is in the plastic containers these days, especially meat or cheese – two things I believe everyone is buying weekly. So how to avoid that? I highly recommend to give a glass containers a go with that too! You can just simply go to the shop where they have a special meat and cheese section you can buy products by pound or gram. I believe it is called a butchery. In Poland, where I am originally from, every supermarket has butchery and cheese section inside of it so you can easily forget about packaged meat and buy a fresh chunk from the butcher itself.
Little tip: Don’t be afraid to ask a butcher to put your meat in your container. Trust, they have no problem with it and some might even be grateful they don’t have to use a plastic wrap!
NO TO PLASTIC STRAWS
Nowadays, there are more and more people in the world using metal or silicone straws and it makes me so, so happy! All you have to do is type “metal straws” in Google and search through millions of sites for your favourite! It is so much better for the world and ocean – we save turtles from eating the plastic by having reusable straws!
Little tip: Watch out for the quality! I bought my reusable straws for a small price and they got rusty pretty quickly so try to find ones that have many positive reviews and have best quality.
GET MILK DELIVERED IN GLASS BOTTLES
It was popular ages ago to have a milkman deliver milk directly to your door. Even though it is not as popular nowadays, there are some shops that still do that! FIND ME A MILKMAN is a site where you can search the milkman by your postcode! They deliver milk to you and then pick up the bottles so they can re-use them again. I think it it a great alternative to the plastic bottle milk.
Little tip: be ready for the price of bottled milk to be a little more expensive than the supermarket ones. It is after all, a glass bottle and fresh product and delivery right to your door!
What do you do to help reduce plastic waste?