Single-use Plastics You Can Give Up Today! (And How To Replace Them)
If you are thinking about going plastic-free, or if you simply want to reduce the amount of single-use plastics you use but don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place. Giving up single-use plastics can be both hard and simple, depending on your lifestyle and habits and on what products you are trying to replace: in this article you will find some useful ideas to get started!
Useless to say, single-use plastics are bad for a number of reasons: they do not biodegrade, so they end up in places where they shouldn’t be, such as landfills and oceans, where they seriously harm sea life, ecosystems and, ultimately, us.
So, organization is key! Start by making a list of the single-use products you use the most, then start by focusing on some of them: ask yourself, is this necessary? Is there an option that can last multiple usages? Here are some examples of easy swaps everyone can make.
Plastic bags and plastic produce bags for grocery shopping: today you can find reusable tote bags basically everywhere, of any style and price. Many people fail to get produce bags too, which can be very useful to avoid plastic ones when buying fruits and vegetables.
Another pervasive single-use product are straws! In this case, the easiest thing to do is to simply give them up: when ordering your drink, remember to ask it without straw. A lot of personal care products are made of or contained in plastics: choose sustainable toothbrushes over plastic ones, for example made of recycled materials or bamboo. Moreover, try package-free shampoo bars instead of liquid ones, which come in single-use plastics containers.
Finally, consider bringing a thermos and a reusable cup to work, in order to avoid buying your drinks (in plastic cups) from vending machines.