While plastic is cheap, useful and accessible it certainly doesn’t get our tick of approval, made almost entirely from synthetic chemicals that can be harmful not only to your own health but also the overall state of the planet. Thankfully it can be super simple to lower the amount of plastic-related chemicals our bodies, homes and surrounding environment are exposed to. Here are 5 super simple ways you can ditch plastic:
Use a Refillable, BPA-Free Drink Bottle
Did you know that there is 6 times as much water used to produce a bottle of water than the amount within the bottle? Skip the disposable plastic bottle and invest in a stylish refillable drink bottle. Plastic water bottles only photodegrade (break down into smaller fragments over time) but do not fully biodegrade meaning they can still contribute to the massive build-up of plastic on our planet if not recycled efficiently. In addition to this, some types of plastic water bottles contain chemicals that may leach into your drinking water and cause health issues over time. Bisphenol A, otherwise known as BPA, is the biggest culprit that is found in most hard plastic bottles. Steer clear!
We are lucky enough to have so many companies doing awesome things that make it easier for us to reduce our plastic use. This includes an array of refillable, BPA-free drink bottles available to suit your every need – morning smoothie, hot tea or cold water – a fun, practical way to reduce your plastic waste.
Shop With Reusable Bags
Take your reusable shopping bags each and every time you head out to the supermarket, Farmers’ Market or local health food shop. This will stop you from walking away with unnecessary plastic packaging and bags. It’s also important to show your support for corporations and programs that charge extra for disposable shopping bags as they are also helping take a step in the right direction.
We’ve just created our own reusable shopping bag here at I AM Co. to help you get started! With a couple of beautiful designs available, getting your hands on one of these babies is key to helping reduce the amount of plastic you use. Check out our full range here to get shoppin’. (Hint: Give your reusable bags a wash periodically to keep ’em fresh and clean!)
Pack Lunches in Containers, Jars or Unbleached Wax Paper…
Likewise with plastic drink bottles, plastic food packaging (such as glad wrap) contains chemicals that may leach into your food and over time lead to serious health issues. It also doesn’t fully biodegrade so might have a serious impact on the environment if not recycled properly. Using unbleached wax paper and reusable containers made of stainless steel, ceramic or glass are useful and effective for food storage and keeping your health and the environment’s health in check.
Store Your Pantry Goods in Glass
Take a look in your pantry and see how much of your food is contained within some sort of plastic packaging? Probably more than you would have expected. Ditching plastic in your pantry and going package-less is a great way of reducing your plastic use on an ongoing basis. Reusing coconut yogurt, peanut butter or salsa jars is a cheap and easy way to get started… Gather up all these jars and empty your packaged foods inside, labelling each as you go. You can then shop the grocery store’s bulk bins for dry ingredients to keep your pantry stocked.
Check out the GoodFor store in Auckland for all your bulk wholefood shopping needs, or you can even order the goods online here if you’re not Auckland-based. Winning!
Are you conscious of how and where you use plastic on a daily basis? What are you doing to reduce your use of plastic? Let us know in the comments below! xo