Plastic has emerged as one of the most harmful materials that are posing a serious threat to our environment. The adverse effects of plastic usage are both short term and long term and can be seen in the form landfills, harm to wildlife and pollution of the water bodies. Contrary to what we might believe to be the causes of this adversity, humans as consumers are the major culprits behind this man-made disaster that is eating up our planet bit by bit.
The widespread use of plastic due to it being economical and easy to mold has led to increased dependency on it. Therefore, living with less plastic can be a huge challenge before we move on to a plastic-free lifestyle. This piece will throw light on some ways to reduce the plastic use in daily life. Note that it isn’t going to be easy to live with less plastic. However, we know that plastic is harmful and we have to make this shift to save our planet and our lives. Our ancestors led a plastic-free lifestyle and were completely healthy. Here are a few steps to get you started.
1. Look for alternative products
First and foremost, for every product that you use in daily life, try to find the alternatives to those made from plastic. These include plastic containers, bottles, daily use objects like brushes, combs, etc. Start the search and gradually switch to products that are not made from plastic or are at least made from reusable plastic. Single-use plastic is the most dangerous one. Moreover, Use the internet to make DIY products that can replace the plastic ones.
2. Cultivate a habit of using lesser plastic
Using plastic is more of a habit now because it is affordable, easy to use and convenient. Therefore, often we choose plastic over safer products. Ergo, you need to make a conscious decision to use lesser plastic and switch to alternatives that are safer. Habits take time to form that it and you need to be consistent to switch to a habit of using lesser plastic.
3. Take your grocery bag made from cloth when you go shopping
One big cause of plastic pollution is poly-ethylene bags that we accumulate in huge numbers when we go out for grocery shopping. These bags are banned in some places. However, we must consider it our moral responsibility to say no these polyethylene bags and take our cloth bag with us when we go grocery shopping.
4. Pack your food before you leave
When we buy food on the go, it is usually served in plastic containers along with plastic cutlery and straws that are mostly made from the single-use plastic. Therefore, make it a point to pack your food for the journey before you leave home. Not only will this help in curbing plastic pollution but also make you switch to healthy eating habits.
5. Replace your bathroom products
What do we do when our shampoo bottle is empty? We simply throw it and buy a new one. Let’s make a change by trying to refill the bathroom product containers or simply use the ones that are not packed in plastic. There are soaps available that are unpackaged and body washes, shampoos, hand washes that can be refilled. This habit will reduce the plastic garbage coming from our bathrooms alone to a great extent.
The bottom line here that there is a lot that can be done to curb plastic pollution but let us start with the above steps. If we continue to ignore this rising problem, we will be compromising not only with nature and wildlife but our health too. Let’s switch to a plastic-free lifestyle and lead a healthy life.