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We all already know that plastic is a material that takes hundreds of years to degrade and is found everywhere. And that is why you may wonder how to reduce its use in your daily life.
But where to start? In the following list you have several tips to start implementing little by little ... that of the ecologist is a long way!
Choose what seems easiest to you and go leveling up. So there you go, free bar of ideas for living without plastic:
1. No more bottled water.
I was telling you in this article why stop drinking bottled water. If you want to live without plastic it is one of the first steps you must take. You can filter your tap water or get it from a nearby source.
2. Also say goodbye to sodas, juices and other drinks bottled in plastic.
Your health will appreciate it, and the environment too.
3. The shopping bags, always reusable.
They are already being eliminated from many supermarkets, yes, but what about clothing stores or similar? Always take your bag with you. Here are some ideas.
4. Carry a thermos or travel mug with you to drink coffee and other drinks while you are away from home.
Avoid disposable cups, straws, and other disposable plastic paraphernalia.
5. Buy fresh bread that comes in paper bags or bagless.
You will have seen those bags that are half paper, half plastic; avoid them too.
6. Go shopping with your own lunch boxes.
It is not so crazy, in most stores they will have no problem saving a container of those plastic if you go with yours from home.
7. Avoid packaged products
Given the choice between apples in bulk or ones that come in plastic, the choice is clear, right?
8. Avoid frozen foods.
Yes, they always come in plastic. But they also have a greater environmental footprint by having to keep their temperature so low.
9. Buy in bulk whenever you can.
We are in luck, because there are more and more stores that sell their products in bulk and it will not be difficult for you to find one near (or relatively close) to your home. Today they have everything, even bulk breakfast cereals.
10. Buy directly from farmers.
If it is possible to do so, you not only save plastic and take care of the environment, you also help economic development away from multinationals.
11. Avoid cleaning products.
You can clean just about anything with vinegar, water, baking soda, and lemon. Using combinations of these 4 things can work wonders without using unnecessary pollutants and plastics.
12. Use bar soap.
You don't need liquid soap in a plastic bottle. This also applies to shampoo. Yes, there is a shampoo bar.
13. If you use gloves, they better be latex.
If you wear gloves for cleaning or other tasks, forget the rubber ones.
14. Avoid plastic microbeads
In many detergents and cosmetics, microbeads or microplastics are included, which do not help you at all, but end up in the water bodies and in the digestive tract of the fish.
15. Choose cosmetics in plastic-free containers.
You have other options, such as glass, metal, paper, or wood.
16. Also toothbrushes are made without plastic.
You can find bamboo or similar brushes. The same for combs and hairbrushes.
17. Use plastic-free feminine hygiene products
In this article I was talking about the alternatives, such as the menstrual cup.
18. If you have to bring your food prepared every day ...
Use stainless steel lunch boxes and cloth bags. The same for sandwiches and for the food you keep in the fridge. Well, in the latter case glass is also a good option.
19. Alternatives to film
You can avoid using plastic wrap to cover your food by using storage containers, silicone lids, or tea towels. And a few euros that you save.
20. Do it yourself (DIY)
You can't imagine what you can make yourself: from your own ketchup or mustard, to yogurts or even vegetable milks. If you have time to do these things yourself you can reduce your environmental footprint and avoid a lot of useless plastic.
21. If something made of plastic is essential and there are no alternatives ...
Make sure it is second hand. You will be giving it a second life and preventing more plastic from being manufactured.
22. Repair things when they break.
Try to fix things when they break to avoid buying plastic again.
23. Avoid disposable plastic pens.
Use refillable pens or pencils. Or write in digital format if you can, so you will also save paper.
24. If you go on a trip ...
Take everything: water, sandwiches, utensils ... It's not crappy, you're being responsible.
25. Use tissues instead of tissues.
Or have you seen a packet of plastic-free tissues? I'm talking about the ones you can take with you, not about those big cardboard boxes that are more like walking around the house.
26. If you buy clothes, choose natural fibers.
New clothes these days are made from synthetic materials with names like: polyester, acrylic, lycra, spandex, nylon. In other words, plastic fabric. Choose cotton, linen, hemp, or the like.
27. Wear plastic-free shoes.
Finding plastic-free shoes seems almost impossible, but if you look you will find.
28. Learn how to gift without plastic
Opt for experiences or services. If you are giving something physical, look at the materials of what has been made. Also take into account the packaging, although the ideal is not to wrap.
29. Online shopping
If you usually buy online, you will most likely end up with a mountain of plastic at home every time you receive a package.
There are online stores that already specify that their packaging is plastic-free, but don't just stay there, request it every time you make a purchase online. They will end up having to listen to us, right?
30. Look for second-hand electronics, games, and toys.
You will give them a second life and you will be preventing new ones from being manufactured.
30 + 1. Avoid the worst plastics
If you're not going to do any of the above, at least stay away from the worst plastics: polyvinyl chloride (PVC, numbered 3), polystyrene (PS # 6), and polycarbonate (others # 7). PVC is found in many, many products and causes a whole host of environmental problems. PS contains styrene, which is toxic to the brain and nervous system. And PC contains BPA, which is harmful to health and the environment. If you have to use plastic, make sure it's not # 3, # 6, or # 7. (Note: Number 7 is a disaster drawer for all types of plastic that don't fit into the first six categories, biodegradable plastic too It is tag # 7. So when in doubt, ask.)