Most of us are aware that plastic is made up of chemicals, and there has long been concern around the fact that once used plastics are harmful to the environment. As most plastic is not recyclable it usually ends up either in the ocean or in a landfill, not degrading but instead leaching chemicals into the land and sea and potentially endangering wildlife.
Whilst most of us are aware of the issues with plastic, It can be very hard to avoid it all-together as many household objects contain plastic. Here are some easy ways to help you cut your household plastic waste, helping not only the environment but also in some cases our tips can have a positive impact on your health and even your bank balance.
Cleaning Sponges & Scouring Brushes…
Many cleaning sponges and scouring brushes not only harber nasty germs and bacteria they also have a short shelf life and are non-bio-degradable. Generally these cleaning items are disposed of after a week or so and replaced with a new one, this is normally regarded as a way to minimise the risk of nasty bacteria developing, however think of how much non-bio-degradable waste you are contributing. Instead why not try cleaning alternatives such as silicon brushes. Silicon although is still not bio-degradable, it is long lasting, durable and is naturally a very antibacterial material which can also be sterilised in the dishwasher/microwave. There are also more natural cleaning alternatives made from resources such as bamboo, coconut, loofah and wood fibre.
Although in the UK there has been a strict clamp down on plastic bags given in shops when making a purchase with a 5p charge added for every bag, it can still be very tempting for many to ignore this gentle nudge and instead buy a bag every time they need one. Why not instead make a concerted effort to reuse the bags you have already bought or even better invest in some long life or canvas bags, not only is canvas a renewable resource but it is also biodegradable. By reducing the amount of plastic shopping bags you use you will not only be helping the environment but also your bank balance, in the long run.
A simple way to cut down on plastic waste is to reduce the amount of groceries in packaging you purchase. This is particularly relevant for fresh fruit and vegetables, buying loose produce not only helps you reduce your plastic waste but also enables you to select exactly what you want. It’s a win win!
Scrap The Cling Film…
Most cling film is 100% not bio-degradable and not only that but usually it cannot be used again once used. Instead why not try using reusable tupperware dishes to keep food and other items fresh. For those who want to be even more eco friendly why not give glass, bamboo, wooden or even rice tupperware dishes a go. For those who are still keen to use cling film, but also want to be kinder to the environment why not try the corn based substitute, this more natural product is able to bio-degrade within two months in compost and requires a substantial amount less fossil fuels to produce.
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