How to reduce plastic in your life

9 simple tips to live a plastic free life

We're not asking you to turn your world upside down and live a plastic free life tomorrow, but every small change makes a difference. Every time you say no to plastic or choose a environmentally free product over plastic is a step towards a plastic free life and a healthier planate.

WE’RE NOT ASKING YOU TO TURN YOUR WORLD UPSIDE DOWN AND LIVE A PLASTIC FREE LIFE TOMORROW, BUT EVERY SMALL CHANGE MAKES A DIFFERENCE. EVERY TIME YOU SAY NO TO PLASTIC OR CHOOSE A ENVIRONMENTALLY FREE PRODUCT OVER PLASTIC IS A STEP TOWARDS A PLASTIC FREE LIFE AND A HEALTHIER PLANET.
5 scary facts about plastic:
Every piece of plastic ever made still exists and is in circulation on the planet. These will continue to exist for up to 500 years
The amount of plastic produced in a year is roughly the same as the entire weight of humanity
Over one million plastic bottles are made every minute
Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. More than one million bags are used every minute.
It’s not meant to be daunting or overwhelming; it’s a starting point for change! Choose just a handful of these plastic free tips a week and in no time at all you’ll have all 10 good habits and solid changes to your contribution to a plastic free world.
1. Carry Reusable Shopping Bags 
Saying NO to single use plastic bags and find an alternative! Get into the good habit of carrying and using reusable, eco friendly tote and canvas bags. It’s such a simple swap that really does make a difference. They may be convenient but plastic bags are clogging our water ways and killing our wild life and with an estimated 1 trillion plastic bags made every year each person playing their part will contribute to the reduction of bags.
2. Avoid drinking plastic bottles
Plastic bottles are terrible for the environment and are questionable for your own health with the possibility of BPA’s and plastic based chemicals leaching into that so called purified liquid. Simply get into the habit of carrying a re-fillable/reusable eco friendly bottle throughout the day. It’s great for the environment, your wallet and your hydration.
3. Go Straw free
Simply say no thanks to a straw next time your out ordering a drink! Like all other plastics straws take a very long time to break down, they break up into micro plastic particles that poison marine life an in the long run us. In the USA over 500 Million straws are used every day that a whole lot of un-nessesarry plastic that can be avoided.
4. Use non plastic storage containers for food 
Plastic take away and home storage containers are convenient sure but are un-nesesarry considering all the other eco friendly options out there. Try using glass jars and containers to keep food in the fridge, waxed paper bags for school lunches are a great swap and always ask for a paper box when getting takeaway its that simple.
5. Buy fewer products with plastic wrapping
Next time your grocery shopping have a look at the amount of unnecessary plastic being used to wrap, prepackage and portion foods like fruit and veggies. Make a conscious effort to boycott these packaged food.
Bring your own eco bags, buy fruit and veggies from the stand not the bag, search for bagless fresh baked bread and go old school and rock the glass milk jar.
6. Reusable offee cup
Imagine how many coffee you have in a week- a month- a lifetime! both the plastic lids and the plastic coated lining within the cup that makes it waterproof don’t break down and with a estimated 1 billion disposable coffee cups used every year thats a whole lot of plastic racing havoc on our environment. The answers is super simple ! Get yourself a carry cup or bring your own mug to your local coffee shop, there are so many cool brands, colours and shapes out there, not only is it better for the environment, but enviro cups also keep your coffee and tea hotter for longer its a WIN WIN.
7. Bamboo tooth brush
Who would have thought brushing your teeth could be bad for the environment !! All those plastic brushes just don’t break down and end up in land fill. We’re not saying walk around with bad breath; but try swapping your brush for a bamboo / degradable alternative.
8. Shop bulk 
Shopping bulk and cooking at home puts you in control of your plastic consumption. Get organised when you shop and arm yourself with empty jars and containers, its great for both the environment and your wallet. If you happen to forget your jars most grocery stores now sell reusable bags, spend the $3 extra and keep it in your car for next time or just ask for a cardboard box and stack it up.
9. Plastic Free Body Products
Many body products and exfoliators have micro plastics and beads in them, these tiny chunks are nearly impossible to filter out and wash down the sink and into the environment as wastewater treatment facilities can’t stop or process plastics this small. Next time your shopping look close and choose biodegradable alternatives, and avoid items with “polypropylene” or “polyethylene”.

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