Going plastic free can seem like a daunting task at first, but if you put the time and effort into it, small changes can make a big impact on your life and the environmental impact you cause. The Kin Project created this awesome infographic to help you get started.
The world is starting to shift towards being plastic free and some countries are setting the bar high. Costa Rica for example is aiming to be the world’s First Plastic and Carbon-Free Country in 2021. Originally this was announced on June 5th, 2017 and we will have to see if they complete their goal.
What are the benefits of going plastic free? There are many but most importantly you are helping ensure that our planet will in better shape for the next generation. Let’s face it, the earth is on a bad path right now and we need to dramatically change our relationship with the earth.
According to the World Health Organization, focus fuel combustion, the main driver of climate change contributes to 2/3 of human exposure to ourdoor air pollution. The good news is that the world is coming together to make radical change. Over 100 governments have already indicated they will update their national climate plans to the Paris Agreement.
Going Plastic Free Infographic Summary
1. Get a Reusable Water Bottle
Having a reuasble water bottle is one of the most simple and easy ways to reduce the amount of plastic you use on a daily basis. Ponder this, A million plastic water bottles are bought every minute and then tossed away. You do not want to be a part of this system.
2. Use Tote Bags
If you live in New York City, you know about the plastic bag ban that was implemented recently. You may have noticed that you are now charged 5 cents per plastic bag. Bringing a cloth tote bag makes it not only easier to carry your groceries but reduces the amount of clutter you have in your house from all the bags.
3. Ditch the Straw
Straws cause a ton of environmental waste and are dangerous for wildlife. Get a washable metal straw and you will be doing the earth a great service. You can order these online in a variety of shapes, colors and designs.
4. Reuse your Cups
Refer to our article Why Reuse A Cup to learn more about the benefits of extending the use of plastic and paper cups.
5. No Plastic Utensils
Plastic utensils are bad for two big reasons – the plastic in the utensils and the plastic plack that often wraps the utensils. Just say no and bring your own metal fork if eating out.
6. Keep a Clean Waste/ Recycling Bin
Nobody likes a slimy, smelly recycling bin. Make sure to give any plastic a proper wash and dry before throwing it into the bin and you will be more inclined to continue to recycle.
7. Buy in Bulk
Look at Pinterest for some inspiration so you can store products in bulk. You will use less plastic and save space.
8. Only buy loose Produce
Try to Avoid fruit and vegetables that are in plastic bags – it is just not necessary. Try to bring your own produce bags and stick to the loose produce.
9. Buy a Bamboo Toothbrush
The next time that it is time to replace your toothbrush, buy bamboo instead of plastic. They biodegrade when you are finished intstead of causing more clutter and polution.
10. Buy a Real Shaving Razor
There are over two billion plastic razors disposed each year. Buy a stainless steel razor this holiday and it will last a long time.
11. Make your Own Cleaning Spray
Use vinegar, baking soda and wate rto make a non-toxic multi purpose cleaner that you can put in any bottle.