10 Top Tips to Reduce Plastic Pollution
Nobody wants to think about how the ocean has become a rubbish den while sitting on the beach to the soothing sounds of breaking waves. However, the reality is that millions of pieces of garbage, most of which are plastic, are floating around in that water.
Marine life is under grave risk as a result of this relentless barrage. Animals can become entangled in the rubbish or consume it, either because the plastic has been broken down into tiny particles by seawater or they mistook it for prey.
Plastics, of course, are particularly problematic because it is non-biodegradable and, as a result, last longer (even up to 1,000 years) than other types of waste. I am not taking about people dumping their refuse overboard. Reports show that about 80% of marine trash comes from land, either being swept in from the sea or brought to rivers by storm drains and sewer overflows after heavy rain.
As a result, the most effective strategy to safeguard our rivers is to keep as much plastic off the waste stream as possible. What’s the good news? There are numerous tiny ways in which you can make a significant difference.
Forget disposable plastics
About 90% of the plastic products that we use daily are single-use. These include supermarket bags, plastic wrap, disposable cutlery, coffee-cup lids, and straws. Would you mind keeping track of how often you use these items and replacing them with reusable alternatives? It only takes a few trips to bring your bag to the supermarket before it becomes a habit.
Stop buying single-use plastic bottled water
About 20 billion plastic bottles are discarded each year. If you keep a reusable bottle in your luggage, you’ll never have to drink Evian Poland Spring or Evian again. If the quality of your local tap water is making you worry, get a water bottle brand with a built-in filter.
Those little plastic scrubbers put in many beauty products—toothpaste, facial scrubs, body washes—might appear innocuous. Still, the insignificance of their size allows them to get through water treatment plants. They appear to some aquatic lives to be food. So it is best to go for products that contain natural exfoliants like oatmeal or salt.
It pays to Cook more
Not only is preparing your meals healthier, but it also eliminates the need for takeout containers or doggy bags. Tell the restaurant you don’t need any plastic cutlery when you order in or eat out. You can even bring your food-storage containers to restaurants for any leftovers.
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Where necessary, go for second-hand items
New toys and technological devices, in particular, come in a variety of plastic wrapping, ranging from frustratingly difficult-to-crack shells to twisty ties. Look through the shelves at thrift stores, garage sales in your neighborhood, and online classified ads for products that are still usable. You’ll save a few dollars as well.
It may seem self-evident, but we’re not doing a particularly good job of it. Plastic packaging, for example, is recycled at a rate of less than 14%. Are you unsure what can and cannot be thrown away? Look at the number on the container’s bottom. The majority of beverage and liquid cleaner bottles will be #1 (PET), widely accepted by curbside recycling services. Some locations accept containers designated #2 (HDPE; often slightly heavier-duty bottles for milk, juice, and laundry detergent) and #5 (PP; plastic flatware, yogurt and margarine tubs, and ketchup bottles).
Advocate for a bag tax or ban
Encourage your elected officials to follow in the footsteps of San Francisco, Chicago, and almost 150 other cities and counties by drafting or supporting legislation that will make the use of plastic bags less appealing.
Purchase in bulk
Consider the product-to-packaging ratio of products you buy frequently and opt for the larger container rather than buying several smaller ones over time.
Take your cloth bag to dry cleaner.
Buy a zipped fabric bag and ask that your cleaned items be returned in it rather than wrapped in plastic. Make sure to look for a dry cleaner that doesn’t use perc, a hazardous chemical present in some cleaning solvents, to help clean your cloth bags regularly.
Put plastic manufacturers under pressure
Even though we may make a difference by changing our habits, companies have a considerably larger impact. Make your voice heard if you believe a company could do a better job with its packaging. Please write a letter, send a tweet, or strike them where it hurts: give your money to a more environmentally friendly competition.
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