Reducing your plastic usage is all in the small steps. When you start implementing some basics your eyes are going to open to all the plastic you are actually using. Since plastic plays such a prevalent role in our everyday lives, it isn’t as easy as it seems to cut it out completely. Here are a few basics that will help you discover the easiest ways to use less plastic in your day to day life.
In a nutshell, try replacing disposable to recyclable.
Get a Reusable Coffee Cup/Mug
Instead of having your barista pour your java in a disposable cup, use a reusable coffee mug instead. There are lots of reusable coffee cups to choose from, including ones that come with airtight lids for portability, convenient easy grip handles and interchangeable sleeves.
Invest in a Reusable Water Bottle
Plastic water bottles are everywhere- and not in a good way. In the landfills, in our oceans and so naturally the eco-friendly switch to a reusable water bottle is a must. Since you’ll probably be using this bottle more than your coffee cup, it’s best to choose a model that is conveniently dishwasher-safe model and made from durable stainless steel or glass. Simply refill your bottle as needed and take it with you to work, to the gym, etc.
Opt for Paper Straws & Cutlery
Have you ever stopped to think where all of those plastic straws end up? Well, if you haven’t seen the video with the sea turtle and a straw up its nostril, then I can save you the cringe and you can just have that image in your head. Made of plastic, conventional straws also take decades to decompose. The sustainable solution? Use paper straws and cutlery or choose not to use them at all. You could also get yourself a set of reusable stainless-steel utensils and straws to carry with you when dining out or picking up take out.
Choose Reusable Shopping Bags
Last but not least, the easiest way to eliminate a good portion of plastic from your life is to invest in some reusable shopping bags. If you’re from California this is the law of the land. You don’t bring your own bags then you get charged for plastic ones. Before you know it, a lot of shoppers who forget to bring their own reusable bags don’t want to pay a fee and just opt out of bags altogether. But in case you’re not one of those, you might as well keep a few reusable produce bags at the office, in your car and at home to make sure you’re always ready for a shopping trip.
Now that you know a few effective and easy ways to use less plastic in your life, you can confidently make the transition to a more plastic-free living. Mother Nature thanks you for staying woke!