9 Easy ways to reduce your plastic waste
Everyone can work towards a zero-waste daily routine.
Check out these easy ways you can start reducing your plastic waste!
Plastic production worldwide went over a metric ton a day in 2018. Single-use plastics represent half of the global production. The first step to reducing those numbers is cutting back on non-reusable plastics present in everyone’s daily routine.
The three R’s have become a mainstay across languages and cultures. You can square that and follow nine low-effort tips to reduce, reuse and recycle your waste.
1. Go solid
Bar soap and shampoo, solid face washes, mattifying serums, solid conditioner, and even shaving cream. Nearly every lotion and cream can be replaced with a solid alternative that cuts down on plastic waste.
They’re generally smaller, zero-waste, and just as effective. The solid beauty and hygiene products free up counter space, help the planet and last for a much longer time. Bar soap and shampoo are much cheaper in the long run, and they get through airport security without an itch every time.
2. Buy bigger
Be it olive oil or laundry detergent, many household items can and should be bought in bulk. When you can’t find a plastic-free alternative, there’s a bigger version, which saves on packaging.
Buying in bulk is also much cheaper and it saves time and gas since you’ll be making fewer trips to the store. If you know you’ll need to buy more of the same product a couple of weeks from now, nothing is holding you back from buying it all in one go.
3. Learn on refillable
Those five-liter bottles of hand soap you bought in bulk might be a tad too big to keep by the tap. That’s because you should be using them to refill the containers which you had previously.
Instead of buying new, flimsy, wasteful dispensers every time, invest in a single good quality container and refill it when it runs out. If you’re feeling crafty, glass bottles make great soap dispensers with a little modification.
4. Take your containers shopping
One thing you shouldn’t buy in bulk is food. Perishables will, as expected, perish. But buying just a few apples and oranges every couple of days doesn’t mean carrying them home in plastic bags.
Bring your cotton bags for fruit and vegetables. Wrap your meat and fish in the paper. And carry a few glass jars for peas and cereal. You’ll see it all fits nicely into that big grocery bag you’re already using.
5. Buy local
The smaller the supply chain, the smaller the environmental impact. You’ll see fewer plastic crates when you swing by the market than when you went to the supermarket.
Local, small scale producers tend to have less plastic waste than large grocery shops. When you can, side with David over Goliath and buy local, in-season produce. They’re also much less likely to wrap your fruit and vegetables in plastic.
This is why eco-conscious brands like Bam&Boo guarantee that all shipping is carbon-balanced. By planting a tree per day, Bam&Boo makes sure that you can have their toothbrushes, straws and cotton buds conveniently delivered to you in a sustainable manner.
6. Swap your razors
Disposable razors are as wasteful as they are expensive. Buying a safety razor (or a straight razor, if you want to make shaving an art) will cut your plastic waste to zero when you’re shaving.
Instead of replacing the whole head of the razor (or throwing out the whole thing) you can just change the blade of a safety razor or sharpen a straight razor. A safety razor is also much less likely to lead to ingrown hairs.
7. Switch to bamboo
You should change your toothbrush every three months. If it’s made from plastic, that’s scheduled waste. Bamboo toothbrushes allow you to dramatically cut back on your plastic use.
With nylon 6 BPA free bristles, a Bam&Boo’s bamboo toothbrush will run you 4,99€. To stick with your dentist’s, recommend schedule, you can subscribe to the product and receive a new toothbrush every one to four months.
With free shipping worldwide, Bam&Boo uses 100% biodegradable packaging, and you can even remove the bristles from your toothbrush and compost it when it’s time for a replacement.
You don’t need to own something which you use occasionally. Instead of buying that hard-plastic shell leaf blower, rent it or asking a family member to use theirs.
Ask yourself if you need to have sole possession of something before you buy it. If you don’t, there’s bound to be a short-term alternative.
9. Say no
You don’t need, nor want, that little plastic toy you got for free at the theme park. The last tip is the easiest one: say no when you’re offered something which you don’t need, be it a pamphlet you’ll throw out without reading or a plastic sticker for your laptop.
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