Over 60 countries have joined the fight against plastic by implementing plastic bans, tariffs, and laws.
After learning of plastic bans and laws in their country, many people often wonder how to go about eliminating plastic from their lives.
Plastic has been such a big part of our lives for a very long. It will take dedication and consistent effort to reduce and eventually eliminate plastic out of our personal lives.
Here are a few steps to get you started.
1. AVOID SINGLE-USE PLASTIC
Single-use plastics are plastics that are used once and then discarded. There are many non-plastic alternatives on the market for these items. Here are a few examples of single-use plastics and alternatives to them.
Single-use Item Alternatives
Plastic Straws Metal/Paper or Wooden Straws
Plastic Bag Reusable bags/ Paper bags
Plastic Water Bottle Reusable Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Take out containers Paper/ Bio-degradable containers
Coffee Pods Reusable Coffee container
Coffee Cups & Lids Reusable Coffee mugs
Plastic Utensils Stainless steel utensils
2. Recycle Any Plastic you may already have.
Now that you are aware of the damage plastic has caused to our planet, You might look around your environment and feel horrible that you have contributed to the issue. It’s okay, we all have. The important thing is that you are ready and willing to make a change.
Gather all the plastic items around your home, in your car and wherever else, and recycle them.
Ridding your life of plastic is not an overnight process. There are still things you don’t have control over. For example, you may go to your favorite fast food restaurant and realize they served your food in a plastic container once you are pulling away from the drive-thru.
Don’t panic and don’t throw away your food (I know you won’t, lol). Once done eating, find the nearest recycle bin and recycle the containers rather than placing it in the trash can. It will make a huge difference.
3. Avoid Patronizing businesses that are not using bio-degradable or non-plastic items.
Remember that scenario of you in the car driving away from the fast food restaurant with plastic containers? Now that you know they use plastic containers try not to go back.
Speak to a manager or even the owner if you have the chance, and ask them, if the company plans on switching to eco-friendly food containers. In many countries, the government is requiring them to. However, for those countries where the government isn’t, this conversation will alert the manager to the issue and possibly evoke a change.
By refusing to patronize their business (decreasing their revenue), it will encourage them to use eco-friendly containers.