How can we get rid of single-use plastics?

Although an ecological wave has been gaining momentum in consumption habits over the past few years, the amount of waste related to disposable plastics is still very alarming. It is estimated that approximately 25 and 35 million tons of plastic enter our oceans each year, impacting living organisms and marine animals. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg.

A multitude of alternatives to single-use plastic is available to us. But how can we change our individual habits when the collective need is so great?

 Obviously, we cannot change everything overnight. Let’s assume that a simple transformation can make a real difference and that one change will lead to another. Take the time to master your new habit so that it is well established. There’s no going back. That’s when the magic happens.

 Here are some examples of changes you can make on a daily basis. These are small, simple changes and with a little time to adjust, you’ll see the benefits.

 1. Buy in bulk!

More and more retailers are offering products in bulk. From dry foods to household products to cosmetics, you’ll be impressed by the variety and freshness of these items. This simple gesture will make a huge difference in your plastic consumption, and you can be proud of it. Of course, you will need to bring your own reusable containers.

2. Be a minimalist!

There is no need to have a closet full of cosmetics or a multitude of different household products on hand. In addition to their plastic containers, they contain ingredients that are often harmful to your health. Avoid overconsumption and favour simplicity. Your home will be healthier, you will be promoting your health and you will save space, money and energy! As an example, you can replace all household products with vinegar and water! For the smell, you can add a little lemon essential oil. You will then only have one bottle to deal with. You could use it in glass or even use a bottle you already have. Simple, effective and space saving. Baking soda also works wonders for tougher stains. Switch shampoo bottles for shampoo bars or fill the same bottle over and over again with a bulk product. Use coffee grounds to exfoliate your skin. This natural method will avoid the use of synthetic exfoliants and their undesirable effects on your health.


3. Avoid online ordering abuse!

These products are delivered in an abominable quantity of plastic that is often totally useless. The shipping and transportation of this type of purchase alone is a real blight on our environment. Buy local and only when you really need it! Your ecological footprint will be greatly improved.


4. Cook more, think ahead!

You have a few hours of driving to do? Think about preparing your meal instead of stopping at a quick restaurant. This will reduce unnecessary packaging and the abundance of disposable containers. Plus, you’ll save money. The same goes for meals at home. It’s very appealing to buy frozen food or prepared meals, but the packaging and containers for these products are totally avoidable. By making this simple change, your health, our planet and your wallet will thank you.


5. Change your kitchen tools!

Instead of using plastic cookware, choose a comparable stainless steel or wooden one when you need to change them. This is more durable and much more ecological. The same goes for plastic containers, get the glass version when you replace them. There are some great airtight and long-lasting products on the market. Finally, stay away from plastic food wrap or even worse, disposable bags with closures. Embrace the reusable beeswax food wrap. It’s easy to use, economical and space saving.


6.  Always have your reusable bags accessible!

By taking the time to store them in strategic locations, you’ll have them when you need them and avoid turning to disposable bags. So, put them in plain sight near the exit door, store them with your wallet or next to your shoes, and keep some in the car’s glovebox.


Hopefully, these six tips will help you reduce your consumption of single-use plastic and inspire you to go green. But remember, everything should be done gradually. It’s best to make small, lasting changes and avoid hitting unnecessary obstacles by trying to do everything at once. Be indulgent but disciplined and you’ll get there.

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