Becoming eco-friendly or environmentally friendly is increasingly more important to all of us. Currently plastic is one of the most pervasive threats to our planet’s eco-systems. The amount of garbage in the world increases as the population grows and disposable plastic products like water bottles, plastic bags, and soda cans accumulate. Consumers can help fix this problem by making an effort to reduce plastic waste. It’s about becoming aware of the effects of plastic pollution on our own health and on our environment; and then adopting a mandate to doing no harm.
Our individual choices matter and if we all made the effort to make some simple changes the collective effects would be astronomical. In this article, we are going to focus on what you can do differently in your kitchen to create a positive impact through your decision to preserve our natural resources. The power to turn the tide of self-destruction lies within each of us.
Here are our ideas, swap this for that to make the change and reduce your footprint.
1. Bees Wrap for Saran Wrap
Did you know that Bees Wrap will actually keep food fresh longer so that it prolongs its expected lifespan? While the initial outlay may seem more expensive they are an absolutely affordable option over time as they are reusable and natural; a healthier and eco-friendly replacement for disposable plastic wraps and bags. Also, you can find all kinds of cute designs. Why not make a more attractive addition to your fridge?
2. Stainless Steel for Plastic Straws
Plastics are not biodegradable and so do not decompose when disposed of. It has toxic pollutants that damage the environment and cause land, water, and air pollution and it can take hundreds and even thousands of years to break down. Meanwhile, almost 200 species of animals are known to ingest plastic debris. The small pieces of plastic that float around in the ocean (called microplastics) poison or choke animals. Needless to say, it is also working its way up the food chain as plastic is even showing up in our sea salt.
Buy reusable straws because they are safer for your family and the environment.
3. Reusable Grocery Bags for Plastic Bags
As discussed above, plastic, including plastic bags can choke or poison fish, animals and birds.
People often leave stores with dozens of plastic bags which ultimately get thrown away. A great way to reduce this plastic waste is to use reusable bags when you shop; keeping these in the trunk of your car is easy.
4. Cloth for Paper Napkin
Not only are you helping the environment by using cloth instead of paper napkins but your kitchen and dining area will be far more stylish while you save money in the long run. See our blog post on “What you don’t know about paper towels’
5. Glass Containers for Plastic
Glass may be a bit more expensive but again a little more initially means less in the long run. Glass is dishwasher safe, does not warp and is always easy to clean. Did you know that plastic containers actually leak small amounts of chemicals into your food? Do we need to say anymore? Sounds like an easy switch to us.
6. Reusable Water Bottles instead of plastic
Drinking from a reusable water bottle instead of a disposable one will make a sizable contribution to reducing plastic waste. If everyone drank the recommended daily amount of water from disposable bottles, the plastic waste would be astronomical.
7. Reusable Containers for to-go containers
You can avoid to-go containers like cups from coffee shops and Styrofoam containers for leftovers from restaurants by bringing your own reusable containers from home.
Plastic pollution has a big impact on the environment, but plastic waste is avoidable. Every time you make the choice to avoid or recycle plastic products, you lower the risk of environmental damage. Be conscious of your choices and encourage others to think twice before they throw away plastic or buy unnecessary plastic items.