How to Reduce Plastic in Your Household
Look around your home and you’re bound to see plastic bags, bottles, hangers, toys, and kitchen appliances and utensils. It is made to last forever, despite that much of the plastic found in the home is purchased for single-use.
In addition to the negative environmental impact, plastic waste is harmful to human health. Cooking with plastic utensils is advised against, as the plastic can melt and flake into your food causing serious internal damage.
Here in California we are innovators in the eco-friendly movement, but there are many households today that have yet to hop on board the eco-friendly train. Whether you’re a married couple with children, or single and ready to mingle you can do your part to reduce your carbon footprint.
There are many affordable alternatives to plastic. To reduce the intake in your household and open the door to an environmentally friendly home, consider these alternatives:
Switching from plastic to glass food storage containers is one of the easiest ways to live eco-friendly. Glass Tupperware is microwave safe and last for years when properly cared for.
Plastic, however, is a different story. These storage containers melt and pose many potential health risks as a result. While plastic Tupperware may be lightweight and appear convenient, it is less durable and almost never recycled, posing long-term damage to the environment.
Reusable shopping bags are a great way to eliminate or reduce your plastic use. Reusable bags are great for the planet and for those living in states like California where plastic bags are banned.
Hangers are one of the most common items found in nearly every home. They are cheap and reliable, but like all plastic products, hangers do not biodegrade and cause potential harm to the environment.
We all need hangers, but alternatives like metal, bamboo or wooden hangers are equally as reliable, but far more sustainable. Best of all, these materials are among the most recycled materials in the world!
Plastic water bottles are terrible for the long-term health of the planet. However, this can be avoided by switching to a reusable glass or stainless steel water bottle.
These water bottles are great for the environment and keep your water cold all day. Their popularity has boomed and there are plenty of trendy options available.
Replacing your synthetic plastic products with eco-friendly, natural materials can often reduce financial investments for the long-term. Switching to the above alternatives are cost-effective, reduces your carbon footprint and helps put the planet back on a path of sustainability.