Although no waste is particularly good, if we want to be as caring and protective of the planet as possible, it’s plastic that we need to focus on using less of. The problem is that plastic is a convenient and useful part of life for many people, and learning how to use it less is not easy. It can be done, though, and there are some easy ways to get started. Read on to find out more.
Reusable Grocery Bags
One of the worst uses of plastic has to be the plastic grocery bag. As useful as they are for carrying our weekly shopping from the store to the car and the car into the house when you are done with them, they’ll be sent to landfill, and they take hundreds of years to decompose. If they don’t go to the landfill, they might litter the planet and end up in the sea, killing fish and animals and destroying our ecosystem and, of course, the food chain in some cases.
So instead of using plastic bags, take your own reusable shopping bags to the store with you. Keep them in the trunk of your car, so you always have them, even if you’re only popping into the store for a couple of things, and you’ll never be tempted to use plastic bags again.
Think About Packaging
Something else you can do in a grocery store to reduce your reliance on plastic is to think carefully about the packaging the items you’re buying are in. If anything is in plastic, could you find an alternative that is packaged more sustainably? This is a good idea for a number of reasons. The first is that it’s better for the environment in general. Still, the second is that if we all opt for the more sustainable packaging, manufacturers will soon get a good idea that that is what we want and will start to move towards that instead of plastic.
The grocery store isn’t the only place you can do this. If you buy food from a street vendor or takeout, ensure they are using vegaware, which is much more sustainable, or if you own a food business, you can invest in vegware.
Carry A Reusable Water Bottle
One of the other biggest problems with single-use plastic is water bottles. We are told to drink more water, and that’s a good thing, but doing so out of plastic bottles is something we should all avoid at all times. It’s just not necessary, and apart from being a scourge on the planet, drinking from plastic bottles may also not be good for our health.
Therefore, invest in a reusable water bottles. You can fill it up at home and take it with you when you go out. Not only does this mean you’re doing your bit for the planet, but you’re also ensuring that you’ll never get dehydrated because you’ve got water with you from the start. Even better, these bottles come in a variety of different colors and styles, so you can find something that suits your taste very easily.