We live in a plastic world, anywhere you go, plastic is omnipresent. Too bad of an issue that in less than 10 years, it is predicted that the ocean will be comprised of 250 million metric tons plastics and our landfills, a staggering 8.3 billion tons by 2050! Add the global warming as a result of deforestation (read the root cause here), mother earth is nearing extinction. Wish it was that easy to migrate to another planet but granted there is life outside earth, I’m sure poor earthlings will face deportation from our neighboring planet due to one reason: we don’t know how to respect and preserve our own. While there is no 100% plastic-free lifestyle, you and I can do something truly valuable. Remember, little steps lead to bigger strides. Here are some steps I have undertaken so far:
Bring own shopping bags. Hawaii officially banned plastic bags last year but oddly enough, there are some delinquent retailers and shops that still distribute (or even sell) plastic bags. Stop buying these because if there is no demand, there’s no supply. At my local Target, you get $0.05 per shopping bag that you bring.
Switch plastic containers to zero-waste products. I already stopped buying liquid soaps and switched to bars. Likewise, I favor shampoo and conditioner that are either come in bars or have recyclable packaging. There’s this shop not too far from me that sell locally made soaps and that has been my go-to now. I preserve the planet, I also support local business.
Bring own utensils (spoon/fork, including straw). I know we all do our share but this tweet from user india nailed it. In reference to her tweet below, I also would like to add that fish is high in mercury and if you’re unaware yet, fish consumes microplastics which in turn get ingested by humans.
so y’all will stop using straws to save fish but won’t stop eating fish to save fish
— india 👽 Ⓥ (@mileskaane) July 26, 2018
Don’t buy water in plastic bottles, use and bring your own water. If you are not doing it yet, I highly encourage that you do. If you are concerned with safety in drinking tap water, you may want to consider using filter. It comes in different types and sizes but this one I discovered from Zero Water is relatively affordable (starts at $25). It has a 5-stage filter compared to standard 2-filter which removes up to 99% of total dissolved solids, akin to drinking purified water from a bottle.
Recycle, upcycle, re-use. Exercise your creativity and try to find new uses for your existing plastic containers. For example, I use plastic jars to store my jewelry supplies and findings.
I hope you found my simple reminders helpful… all for the good of our one and only mother earth.