If we’re honest about it, our complete dependability on plastic is understandable. It is the type of material that does it all for us- it is versatile, durable, and cheap.
Being one of the most low-cost materials to produce and its ability to take on multiple physical forms, it has become a staple in our everyday lives. So much so that it now encompasses almost all aspects of our life from garbage bags, to headphones to food packaging to credit cards, the list could just go on…
But unfortunately, this marvel material has a fatal flaw- it takes too long to decompose and in the interim, it is inflicting serious harm on our environment.
It is estimated that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans.
The ecological damage that plastic brings in its wake and its devastating impact on animal and marine life only continues to increase with every passing day.
In a world that is so obsessed with plastic, steering clear of it can be pretty challenging. But the need of the hour demands an efficient alternative and that too quickly. Surprisingly, finding substitutes to plastic products like plastic bottles, boxes and packaging can be easier than you think and it’s exactly what our planet needs.
Before we go further, let’s ask ourselves this question…where is the plastic in my life?
This versatile material is everywhere- from our clothing to appliances to computers and so much more. Most of the time, plastic is wrapped around the things we buy every day. Think vegetables and fruits; because ultimately it is an effective way to keep food and other essentials fresh.
Other than this, plastic can also be found in various places, places you wouldn’t think of looking at twice. If you look around your home carefully, the number of things containing plastic might just surprise you.
Wrapping Paper: Often a mix of plant fibers and laminated plastic.
Milk cartons: The waxed cardboard cartons contain approximately 20% plastic and 80% cardboard.
Food packaging: Snacks, cereal, coffee, tea, and most cheese, yogurt, and meat are packed in plastic.
Hygiene and personal care products: A lot of shampoos, creams, gels, moisturizers contain synthetic polymers (plastic) and also come packed in plastic containers.
Glue: The type of glue used to seal teabags includes polypropylene, a kind of plastic. Even glue used in schools or wood glue contains polyvinyl acetate.
Synthetic fabrics. Nylon, Polyester, rayon, and acrylic yarns and fabrics are all made from plastic. When rinsed, these materials shed oodles of microscopic plastic fibers that end up in canals and streams.
If you want to make a difference, or even start somewhere then you can begin with replacing plastics in your home. Just knowing that you will be reusing something makes it a better value so the next time you run out of something, just replace it with an alternative that might end up reducing your footprint.
Here are a couple of long-lasting plastic alternatives you can try:
Inexpensive and completely recyclable, glass is also very easy to clean. A lot of food items come packaged in glass containers so using these glass jars as food storage containers is a no-cost way to upcycle your food packaging.
Jars from butter, honey, jams and much more can be used to store leftovers and drinks, or even be decorated and made into DIY homemade gifts for your friends!
Easy to clean and maintain, the options in stainless steel for reusable food storage containers have doubled up in the last few years. This durable metal can be used to replace several items, from single-use cups to kitchen storage to lunch boxes.
Bamboo products are extremely durable and lightweight with the added benefit of being compostable! Since bamboo is a fast-growing renewable resource, it can easily be substituted for plastic in items like drinking straws, tableware or even toothbrushes.
Bamboo, due to the high volume of its availability, has extremely low production and finishing costs. Moreover, using bamboo products not only benefits our planet in the long run but they also make for an amazing addition to your home décor.
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Natural Fiber Cloth
While it is interesting to know how your clothes are made what’s more important to know is what exactly they are made with.
The cheap, versatile fabrics that we are so fond of wearing cause severe damage to the animals and the planet. Recent studies show that polyester, acrylic and nylon fabrics shed thousands of tiny plastic microfibers when they are washed. These fibers then move through the sewage systems and are dumped into the ocean and you know what happens next…
Sustainable clothing made from organic wool, cotton or bamboo is a better and more environment-friendly alternative.
As long as cardboard is not coated in plastic, it is fully compostable at home. That is why a number of companies are now wrapping up their goods in plain cardboard to reduce their carbon footprint.
Start with looking for items that you can easily and effortlessly swap so you are motivated to keep going. Take something that works for you, keep at it and then start integrating that into other areas of your life.
That said, remember that anything and everything you buy has an environmental impact and leaves a footprint. Though they are more sustainable compared to plastic, do bear in mind that metal, glass or cardboard products also consume a lot of energy in production and transportation.
What is required therefore in this single-use, disposable lifestyle era is a conscious shift towards reusing the products you buy over and over again and
ensure you get the most use from whatever alternative you choose.
Coz what you also need to remember is that we can’t just consume our way to a more sustainable world.
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