We know that the amount of plastic we use is bad for the environment. Plastic can take up to 1000 years to decompose, and in the meantime, it can harm wildlife and pollute the oceans. Many governments are putting plans in place to help reduce the amount of plastic we use, but what can individuals do?
Switch up your straw
If you like to drink your beverages through a straw and aren’t a fan of the paper variety, that disintegrates when you’re using them, try opting for a metal straw instead. They’re reusable, come in many colours, and many of them come with a tiny brush so you can clean them. It’s a small item that won’t take up much room in your bag either.
Companies often put fruit and vegetables in plastic containers or wraps when it really isn’t necessary. Most fruits and vegetables come with their own in-built packaging, and besides, they produce just needs a quick wash before being eaten. Choose fresh produce without packaging wherever you can.
With some things, you can’t avoid having some kind of packaging, but try where possible to opt for the products that come in glass, biodegradable, or cardboard packaging, as these are 100% recyclable and better for the environment.
Go for bamboo
Plastic toothbrushes are the norm, but you could swap to a bamboo toothbrush. They can be found in many supermarkets now, and help to fight against plastic waste – since your toothbrush needs throwing away and replacing every few months.