Simple Ways to Reduce Plastic Use at Home
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One of the most overwhelming aspects of today’s times is knowing about major issues like climate change and plastic waste pollution and feeling like there isn't much that you can do.
Have you ever given the amount of plastic you use each day any thought? There are probably dozens of plastic products that you come into contact with every day, including straws from our favourite fast food restaurant, water bottles, sandwiches wrapped in plastic, Most of these items are only used once before being thrown.
Learning how to use less plastic at home can significantly reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and the oceans.
Here are some ways to reduce and avoid plastic and live more sustainably!
Regularly purchasing disposable bottles of soap, shampoo, and hygiene products inevitably results in more plastic being added to the trash.
We create our bottles from recycled plastic and over time will push ourselves on this metric harder. Our bottles are 100% recyclable. We also have refill packs and bulk 5 litre cans to further reduce the amont if single use plastic you need to buy.
Bring your own shopping bag
Plastic or paper? Use reusable tote bags to transport your groceries. If you're handy with a sewing machine, you can even make your own, and they're stronger, washable, and customisable.
Reduce Plastic Bottles by Buying Reusable Ones
Plastic water bottles are a simple target for waste reduction, unless there is some kind of contamination crisis. Keep a reusable bottle handy.
Stop Using Plastic Straws
There are plastic straws everywhere. Saying "no" to these single-use, non-recyclable options is one of the simplest ways to cut back on the usage of plastic. There are other options with biodegradable paper and reusable metal for kids who enjoy using straws at home (or who must use one due to a medical condition).
Switch from disposable diapers to cloth
Before turning one, babies use more than 2,000 disposable diapers. That is one disgusting stack of dirty diapers. Baby wipes increase the landfill's size (as do their plastic containers).
Try to use cloth diapers whenever you can, and buy in biodegradable wipes.
Reduce Plastic with Eco-Friendly Menstrual Products
Many non-disposable options are available to reduce period waste. You can use DIY-with-pride reusable pads or if you're not in a situation where giving up tampons is an option, consider skipping brands with plastic applicators.
Use metal or glass pet dishes
Many pet bowls are made of plastic, and puppy teeth can easily destroy many of them. Most pet stores sell porcelain, glass, or even metal bowls for environmentally friendly pet meals.
Embrace the "4 Rs"
Check with your local society or RWA about recycling programmes and pick-up schedules. Reduce, reuse, recycle, and repurpose. Set up a recycling booth in your kitchen or garage and quiz your kids on the materials that should go into each bin.
Buy in bulk
The kitchen is where many homes generate the majority of the plastic waste. So, one of the best ways to reduce the packaging waste madness is to stock up on bulk buys and bring your own bags and containers. Shopping in jars is a wonderful alternative; look for brands that include refilling stations for products like oil and common household cleansers.
Koparo Is Committed to Reducing Plastic Bottles & Waste
Koparo creates their bottles from recycled plastic and over time will push ourselves on this metric harder. Koparo’s bottles are 100% recyclable. We at Koparo also have refill packs and bulk 5 litre cans to reduce your environmental footprint.
It's never too late to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and reduce your plastic usage, but with Koparo, you'll never have to sacrifice quality.
Lowering your plastic footprint takes work and effort. But all your small steps can contribute meaningfully over the long term. You will also learn that there are many others like you trying to solve this problem and this will help you feel less overwhelmed!
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