Simple Ways to Reduce Plastic in Your Home
Plastic has become a ubiquitous part of our lives, but the amount of plastic waste that is produced each year is staggering. In an effort to be conscious consumers, many of us are looking for steps we can take to reduce our own plastic consumption and reduce the amount of plastic we use in our homes.
In this post, we'll share easy to adopt changes you can make to reduce plastic usage in your home.
- Use Reusable Bags
One of the easiest ways to reduce plastic in your home is to use reusable bags for shopping. Over the years, we have collected a bunch of canvas bags from various events, but if you don't have any, most grocery chains sell reusable bags at affordable prices. Keep them in your car or by the door to remember to bring them with you when you leave the house. I frequently forget my bags in the car, but instead of using a disposable store bag, I'll take my groceries in the cart and bag them at the trunk.
- Say No to Single-Use Plastics
Single-use plastics are everywhere, from straws and utensils to water bottles and food packaging. Instead of using these items, opt for reusable alternatives. Use your own refillable water bottle, utensils, and containers when you can. When you do need to use a single-use item, choose paper instead of plastic. There is a lot of greenwashing in this industry. A lot of "bio" plastic items say they are biodegradable, but when you read the fine print, they require you to drop them off at special facilities for them to be broken down. Most of us will not live near this facilities.
- Choose Glass Containers
Plastic containers can be convenient for storing food, but they can also contain harmful chemicals that will leech into your food when they are heated, and also contribute to plastic waste. Consider switching to glass containers for food storage. They are safer for your health and can be reused for years to come. Most importantly, glass is one of the easiest materials to recycle.
- Buy in Bulk
Buying in bulk can significantly reduce the amount of plastic packaging you bring into your home. Look for stores that offer bulk options for grains, nuts, and other staples. Bring your own reusable containers or bags to fill up, and avoid plastic packaging altogether.
- Use Beeswax Wraps
Beeswax wraps are a great alternative to plastic wrap and can be used to cover bowls, wrap sandwiches, and keep food fresh. They are made from natural materials and can be reused for up to a year. Beeswax wraps are also biodegradable as they are often made from natural fabrics like cotton and beeswax.
- Make Your Own all Purpose Cleaner
Invest in a glass spray bottle and simply fill it with vinegar and water for a natural all purpose cleaner. If you don't like the smell, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. There are also companies that make all purpose concentrates in various forms that you can use in reusable bottles.
- Change Your Laundry Detergent
Ditch your big plastic jug for an eco friendly laundry sheet. These are usually biodegradable and come in plastic free packaging.
Reducing plastic in your home doesn't have to be complicated. You can make a few simple changes that will significantly reduce the amount of plastic waste you produce. Try out these tips and see how they work for you. Together, we can make a positive impact on the environment.