Ways to Reduce Your Single Use Items
Many of us are unknowingly contributing to plastic pollution by using large amounts of single-use plastics. Some small changes you make at home could potentially contribute massively to reducing plastic pollution.
There are many ways you can help reduce the amount of plastic pollution. A great place to start is from your very own kitchen! Here are some ways you can help!
🔹 Tote bags
A plastic bag is used for 15 minutes on average, but could take up to 300 years to fragment, so get yourself a cotton tote bag for shopping rather than using plastic bags.
The EcoFairy’s Heathered Brochure Tote Bag, Shoulder Grocery Shopping Tote Bag and Reusable Canvas Net Mesh Shoulder Bag are eco-friendly and heavy-duty grocery shopping bags.
🔹 Silicone straws
Plastic straws take hundreds of years to decompose and are only used for a very short time.
Having a silicone straw means you can re-use it as much as you want, and it's very portable and easy-to-carry. Wherever you have a party, a picnic, or a trip, take the reusable straws with you.
🔹 Reusable bowl covers
Instead of using cling film and other plastic products to cover your bowls, switch to buying a pack of reusable bowl covers!
🔹 Glass/ Reusable silicone food storage
Reusable Silicone Food Bags are a must-have in any kitchen or household, preserve food or take it on the go with absolutely zero waste. These reusable bags are the best eco-friendly alternatives to cling wrap ad aluminum foil and single-use Ziploc bags. This is perfect for storing leftover foods, freezing meats, fish, fruits and vegetables.
Another one is using glass storage instead of plastic, not only helps the environment but is likely to last longer too!
🔹 Reusable water bottle
A plastic bottle can last for 450 years in the marine environment, and it never truly goes away. Having a reusable water bottle helps reduce plastic pollution and saves you going for a trip to the shop just for a bottle of water!
🔹 Buy your shopping in bulk
Make sure to do your shopping in bulk or ‘do a big shop’. Not only will this help the environment, but it will save you a lot of money! Planning out your meals means you can buy in bulk and cut down on the amount of single-use plastic.
🔹 Upcycle any necessary waste
If you have used some plastic, you could have some fun with it instead of throwing it straight in the bin! There are ways to upcycle plastic that you’ve used. For example, you could make plastic bottles into organizers for anywhere in your home.
Not all plastic is bad. Some are used for medical conditions where syringes are required, for hip replacements and as protective wear!
The problem is single-use plastic and how it is being used. If you can make any change to help reduce plastic pollution, it will make a big difference!
At The EcoFairy, our goal is to help you build a more sustainable life by offering you a line of reusable products. We offer products that last and that will help you reduce the amount of plastic you use.