Quick Steps To Reduce Your Plastic Usage
By Pierre Mouchette | Bits-n-Pieces
The beauty of humanity is that we can change. We can recognize that what we are doing is damaging the planet and altering course. It is in the bushes, on the side of the road, and scattered across our towns and cities. Plastic reaches every nook and cranny possible.
It is a problem we have caused, and we have to fix it. If humanity is eliminated tomorrow, one of our longest-lasting legacies would be the sheer amount of plastic we have produced. It can take one thousand years for plastic to decompose. If we continue to use it at the current rate, that is an awful lot of plastic we send into the world. Plastic could remain long after we are gone.
In the face of these statistics, you might feel numb and powerless. These statistics are daunting, but are not insurmountable. While we can only make a slight difference, that is better than nothing.
If we all pledge to cut plastic out of our lives, we can make a dent in our plastic problem.
The following are some easy ways that you can cut down on your use of plastic today:
Soapy showers - This is an easy one. Swap your shower gel for a bar of soap. It does the same job but without the need to throw it away. It is such an easy change to make. Shower gel almost always comes in plastic bottles. You might think they are recycled, but when you consider that just 9% of all the plastic ever created has been recycled, you may question this. Soap is a simple solution to this problem. Just imagine how much plastic you would avoid if you switched to soap. Imagine if 10, 100, or 1000 people did the same thing. That is a big difference for a small act.
Bottled water - This is one of the worst causes of plastic pollution. The statistics around bottled water are tear-forming. Just imagine where all those discarded plastic bottles end up. An easy fix is to purchase a reusable water bottle. In doing this, you will help the planet and your wallet! Instead of buying bottled water all the time, you only need to fill up your bottle, and you are good to go.
For what you do not like about tap water, install a water filter on your home's faucet. Yes, you can buy one that fits on your tap and filters out the junk. This way, you have peace of mind that the water you drink will not upset your stomach. Considering this is a simple fix, it is incredible that anyone buys bottled water. Purchasing a reusable water bottle and a filter at home will save you a lot of money. It will also stop more plastic bottles from ending up in the ocean and on our streets!
Straws suck - Straws end up everywhere. If you do not need one, do not use one. Instead, use what God gave you and try this radical technique called sipping! Plastic straws have to be one of the worst inventions known to man. It is a massive waste of resources!
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