Over here at Redefining Eco, we are a pretty environmentally friendly group. We always bring our reusable grocery bags to the store, and we always schlep our metal water bottles everywhere we go. But even us treehuggers run into a few hang-ups some times… and I’ve discovered that many of my hang-ups revolve around… plastic.
As we found out in our special Earth Day post, every year the United States toss millions and millions of plastic into the garbage bin. Including over 83,557 square miles of plastic wrap — enough to cover the state of Idaho! Some of that plastic makes it to recycling centers, but a lot of that ends up in land fills, and some even end up in the ocean… in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Not only does this plastic poison our own bodies but the plastic poison our wildlife and environment. Wikipedia tells us, “of the 1.5 million Laysan Albatrosses that inhabit Midway, nearly all are found to have plastic in their digestive system [from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch]. Approximately one-third of the chicks die mostly due to being fed plastic from their parents.”
So how do you reduce your plastic footprint? How do you throw away less Saran wrap, water bottles, soda bottles and take-out containers? What about all of the shrink-wrap protecting your daily newspaper and your mail?
Don’t Worry! There are TONS of resources out there to help reduce the plastic that you use!
Here are our favorites:
- Don’t chew gum. Gum actually has plastic in it. GROSS!
- Use biodegradable garbage liners. Obviously, you want to check the label to make sure they are 100% biodegradable!
- We all use reusable shopping bags for our groceries, but what about your produce? Reusable cotton mesh produce bags are a cheap and easy solution.
- Clean with white vinegar and baking soda. It cleans nearly anything, is completely environmentally friendly, and you’ll reduce the need to buy cleaners in plastic containers.
- Try to buy in bulk whenever possible, and buy things in glass containers. They don’t have BPA-liners like many aluminum cans have, and glass is infinitely recyclable!
Are we missing one of your favorite plastic-free tips? Contact us at Redefining Eco and let us know!