I think it’s awesome recycling is becoming a little more mainstream; you all know how big I am into reusing and reducing waste! BUT there are some great ways to reduce your waste before you ever get to the recycling stage! Today I’m throwing out a few great tips about cutting down the amount of plastic in your homes! Our plastic obsession as Americans is out of control. Like crazy talk!
Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every HOUR. No typo. Every. Single. Hour. We also generate 10.5 million tons of plastic waste a year but people only recycle only 1 to 2% of it. That’s just pathetic but what’s even worse is the 14 billion pounds of trash, much of it plastic, that is dumped in the world’s oceans every year. It kills me to read stats like that. So I’ve come up with a few simple ways to help eliminate the problem in your own home.
1. Don’t drink bottled water: Reusable water bottles, you guys. It’s where it’s at. It’s really the easiest way to cut down on plastic waste. I carry around this water bottle with me everywhere I go. Don’t leave home without it because then I’m not tempted to stop when we’re out running errands to rehydrate with a $.99 water in a plastic bottle!
2. Reusable coffee/tea mug: If you are a Starbucks addict, you can still keep you habit intact while cutting down on the toss-able cups. Buy a reusable coffee mug or tea thermos and bring it with you. They’ll fill it right on up!
3. Reusable shopping bags: Get in the habit of bringing your own bags when you hit the grocery store or mall. Not only will you cut down on the amount of plastic coming back to your home, but many stores will also reimburse you a little credit for using your own bags!
4. Look for glass bottling for store products: There are often glass reusable options for many grocery products. You can even find milk in glass containers if you buy local milk. You might pay a bit more, but the environment will thank you.
5. Reusable utensils: If you camp a lot or find yourself using plastic utensils often, look into buying the washable plastic variety. They are a little more money upfront, but the long-term savings will make up for it. Sure it’s not as easy as tossing it in the trash when you’re done, but that one extra washing step is worth it.
6. Don’t use a straw: This is a super simple one to implement. If you eat out often, just say no when the server offers you a straw. And avoid buying them for your household. If a straw is a must, you can always purchase a reusable stainless steel straw as an option!
7. Squeeze your own juice: Aside from the fact homemade juice tastes miles better than the store bought junkity junk, you’ll cut down on a lot of plastic packaging!
8. Cloth diapers: Okay, people. 18 billion diapers are thrown into landfills every year. 18 billion. I can’t wrap my brain around that number. My kiddos might be way past diaper stage, but I think I’d seriously look into cloth diapers if they were. They have so many cute cloth diaper options these days that will cut down on plastic waste BIG TIME!
9. Buy in bulk & bring your own packaging: This one is awesome because not only will you eliminate that need for a plastic bag or packaging, you’ll save money. Buying cereal, rice, pasta, spices, etc. in the bulk bins will save you a bundle!
10. Make your own cleaning products: I love making my own DIY Cleaning Products anyway, so this one is a no-brainer. They are better for your family, they clean so great and you don’t have to purchase store-bought cleaners in plastic packaging.
11. No disposable razors: You can avoid tossing the whole plastic razor buy purchasing just the blade replacement and keeping the same razor for years. Easy peasy.
Any great ways you reduce plastic in your own home? Share away!
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