Can you imagine if we all stopped using plastic today? Just think how better off our environment would be. Today I am sharing tips for reducing plastic use in your home.
Are you overwhelmed by all of the disposables in your home? If so, you may be looking for tips for reducing plastic use. It seems like our homes are filled with too many plastic objects? It’s in our kitchens, our children’s toys, and even our clothes and shoes. But, since plastic is such a cheap material to work with, is it possible to eliminate or reduce the number of plastic things you have?
Tips for Reducing Plastic Use in Your Home
There are several different types of plastics that you may have in your home. The most common type of plastic is made with PET, and it’s found in things like polyester, bottles (like water bottles and salad dressing bottles) and LCDs like your television or computer. The next most common type of plastic is HDPE plastics which are used in plastic grocery bags, yogurt containers, and cereal box liners. You will also find PVC plastics in your home in things like toys, cling wrap, and take out containers. While there are other types of plastics, these are the most common. Check out these tips for reducing plastic use if you’d like to have fewer of these in your home.
How to stop using plastic bags
It seems like everywhere you go, someone is handing you something in a plastic bag. You can bring your own reusable shopping bags at the store to avoid plastic shopping bags. But, what about the bags that hold your produce or your bulk purchases at the store? There are fabric and net bags that can be purchased and used to hold things like fresh fruits and vegetables and bulk purchases of things like granola and nuts.
One of the easiest ways to reduce the use of plastic bags is just to say no. If you only have one or two items, ask yourself if you need to put them in a bag at all. If not, put it in your pocket or your purse instead. Just make sure that you get the receipt.
Ditch the disposables
Another common way we bring plastics into our home is by buying disposables. Disposable plates, cups, bottles, silverware, razors, and diapers all contain plastics. There are alternatives for each of these items. You might want to look at how many disposables you’re using in your home and see which ones you can eliminate easily and consider using reliable reusable bags or unbleached sandwich paper bags.
Use an alternative
You won’t want to eliminate all of your child’s plastic toys, but it’s possible to find alternatives, such as trucks and blocks that are made from wood or dolls that are made from fabric. Instead of purchasing fabrics that contain plastic like polyester or spandex, look for natural fabrics like cotton, denim, and wool. This is a step that will likely take time to implement. But, as you get ready to replace something in your home, look and see if there is an alternative that doesn’t contain plastic.
Among these tips for reducing plastic use in your home, it’s essential to know that we as consumers must do our part. Say no to plastic straws and lids.
Learn to recycle
It may not be possible to totally eliminate plastics in our home. For some, it may be too expensive or too much work. When you do bring something plastic into your home, be sure to recycle it to keep it out of our landfills and our oceans.
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