The zero waste movement aims to create a lifestyle that creates as little waste as possible. In the name of that, there are countless things you can do. It is possible to get overwhelmed because convenient good value habits are not always easy to replace.
The common sense advice is simply to stop buying plastic as much as your lifestyle and finance allow you to do so. Reuse as much as possible all the plastic you already have
The message about plastic is very loud and clear. Plastic use, especially singe use plastic is bad and there are vast plastic islands floating in the ocean.
In this article, I want to share 5 things you can do right now towards zero waste.
1. Stop using plastic cups
Some coffee shops have already created marketing campaigns, based on the fact that in the UK alone there are 2 and a half billion cups thrown away each year. Only 1 in 400 if these cups are being recycled. That is because the paper has to be separated from the plastic coating and not all recycling centres have the machinery.
2.Switch to bamboo toothbrushes
A few weeks ago I wrote an article about why bamboo toothbrushes are a great replacement for your plastic ones. Some studies also suggest that by doing that you will also absorb less toxic material due to its material. When heated the plastic leaches in your mouth and over time adds up in your body. Bamboo toothbrushes can be bought from here.
3.Replace your plastic bags
This one is an easy one, too. Most supermarkets sell non-plastic shopping bags and they are normally inexpensive. The big issue about plastic bags remains when it comes to buying packaged foods as even most fruits and vegetables are also packaged in single-use non-recyclable bags. You can collect those bags and reuse them as much as possible.
4. Stop using plastic straws
The good news is that most food serving establishments have stopped giving straws in their drinks. Unless it is absolutely necessary straws are better avoided for the same reasons other plastic materials are. You can buy straws made from stainless steel or other eco-friendly material. There are times when straws are very useful but in most cases, using a straw is simply a habit that can be easily replaced or entirely removed.
5. Stop using cotton buds
Most of us have seen the images shared on Social Media with all the damage a single cotton bud can do by simply ending up in the ocean. Unfortunately, that is what happens with most of them. There are countless project and campaigns throughout the world focusing on keeping the beaches and the oceans’ plastic free. Here is an example of a Cotton Bud Campaign in Scotland. In the meantime, the next best thing is to purchase some biodegradable cotton bud from My Pure Core Amazon Store.
Speaking personally I am not ready yet to mix my own detergent or not set my foot inside a supermarket. It is my belief that everything that you do or buy has an effect on something or someone. It is the ripple effect that every action you take will make a difference in some way.
Thank you for being here and reading this far.
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