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How to Reduce your Plastic Waste

Many people today are concerned about the environment and the impact that humans have on the earth. One of the major ways that humans effect the environment is by the huge amount of waste that is generated. This waste ends up in landfills and also in rivers and other bodies of water. The problem is that much waste is not biodegradable and it tends to harm wildlife and its habitat. Plastics have come to the forefront as being one of the most harmful products for fauna; this type refuse can injure and even kill many animals. They can become entangled in it and may even confuse plastic for food which, when they do indulge, ultimately ends up killing them. The oceans in particular have suffered from such accumulation of this type of debris.

How to Reduce your Plastic Waste

 

Eliminate

Although you may be able to recycle, eliminating or at least greatly reducing the amount plastic you use in your everyday life is even better. Only about 7% of all the plastic in existence is recycled and often these are made into products that are not easily repurposed and are even more difficult to recycle. One simple method to cut down on this sort of waste is to not use non-biodegradable straws. In fact, some countries and shops have already eliminated or are in the process of phasing out the use of plastic straws completely over the next few years.Plastic bags are another big problem. It is better to buy and use reusable cloth bags when you go shopping. Some countries have taken steps to reduce plastic bag usage; trying to dissuade their use by charging for them. This does help to some extent, but really the best strategy would be to not even have any plastic bags available, even for purchase. This would force people to turn to more eco friendly alternatives.

 

Make Smart Choices

If you have to make a choice between buying a product wrapped in plastic packaging versus a cardboard box, try choosing the box. Choose to buy a box of laundry detergent rather than a bag of laundry detergent. Cardboard is much easier to recycle as it breaks down naturally in the environment, unlike plastic. You can even recycle cardboard by putting it in your compost pile, if you have one. If you do have plastic containers, clean them out and try to reuse them, for example, as storage. Butter, margarine and yoghurt containers are a handy and cheap option for storing small items. This way you recycle the container and save money instead of buying smaller boxes.

Make Smart Choices

Avoid using bottled water and non-biodegradable, disposable cups. It is better to reuse what you already have. If you prefer filtered water, you can usually find an attachment for your faucet. In the long run you save you money filtering your own water and you do not need to buy bottled one. Following our simple tips, you can easily reduce the amount plastic waste you generate.