It’s no secret that plastic is causing significant harm to our earth and to our health, but thankfully, more and more people are growing aware of plastic use and choosing to do something about it. Here are the most common single use plastics I see, along with some simple alternatives.
Did you know that a single plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to degrade!? Fortunately, there are many great reusable options to choose from. I aim to keep reusable bags in a few places so they are available whenever I need them – including a small, lightweight one my purse, a few at work and a few in my car. Forget your reusable bag? Simply ask for paper!
When grocery shopping, instead of using a plastic bag for each piece of produce, bundle a few items in one bag, and consider skipping a bag for the bigger, studier fruits and veggies. You can also ditch the plastic bags all together and use reusable produce bags, which make your kitchen (and your instagram photos) much prettier :)
For bonus points, avoid purchasing produce and other foods that are pre-packaged in plastic.
Plastic storage containers and storage bags are not only bad for the planet, but can also cause harm to your health. Swap plastic storage containers with glass jars, pyrex or stainless steel containers (they even have lunch boxes for kids!). Swap plastic bags (including garbage bags) with a compostable bag and plastic wrap with beeswax wrap.
Rather than discarding plastic forks, spoons, knives and straws on a regular basis, treat yourself to a bamboo set (or one with a straw). Have a party to plan? Inspire your guests with compostable or wooden cutlery instead of plastic.
Coffee and Tea
I’ve got 4 letters for you … BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug). It’s really that simple! As an added bonus, most coffee shops offer a discount when you bring your own.
Unfortunately, plastic is everywhere, but by raising your awareness and paying attention to all the ways plastic sneaks into your life, you can start choosing other options and steadily decrease your use of plastic over time.
Did I forget anything? Do you have any favorite plastic alternatives that you want to share? I would love to hear from you in the comments!
Be Well Health Coach
* Although I have included some links to products, I always suggest supporting your community and visiting local stores or farmers market to see what is available in your area.