Alternatives for plastic

All the talk about getting rid of plastic bags and stop using plastic in the household can seem like a big task to take on, since we are so used to plastic by now. But if you replace one thing at a time it isn’t so hard.

For many people the challenge is to remember to bring the reusable bag or cup to the supermarket or coffee shop. Find a reusable bag that fit into your handbag or have a bunch in the car. That way you can always have it with you. When you unpack your groceries at home, you just fold the bag and put it back into your handbag or leave them by the front door to remember to take them back to the car.

It is possible to buy foldable cups or even telescope cups. They can also fit into your bag or click on your belt straps. You can bring it to the office and use it for both water and coffee to lower the amount of plastic cups used every day.

Then there is all the plastic wrapping. Both from the shops and the household. Instead of putting plastic wrap around your sandwich, it is now possible to buy bee wrap. It is organic cotton covered with bee wax to make it sanitary and water repellant. They come in different sizes to fit onto bowls and plates too.

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Some shops have now replaced plastic wrapping with banana leaves. Instead of the leaves being a waste product they now come into good use. It is also possible to buy banana leaves for your own household.

With small steps at a time it really is possible to live more sustainably. And maybe it doesn’t seem much in the beginning. But remember … it is just the beginning.


5 Facts About Plastic Pollution You Need to Know

1. The average time that a plastic bag is used for is 12 minutes.

2. Over the past 50 years, world plastic production has doubled.

3. Plastic is killing more than 1.1 million seabirds and animals every year.

4. A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute.

5. 73% of beach litter worldwide is plastic.



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