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Sunday, January 26, 2020

The Goal for 2020 - Less Plastic in Your Home

Just recently, Unilever, a consumer goods giant company, announced its intention to reduce plastic usage. It confirmed that it intends to reduce its absolute use of plastic packaging by 100,000 tons. This declaration opened up the war on plastic, something that you, too, can commit to doing in your home.

You, by now, have a list of goals you want to accomplish in 2020. Having less plastic in your home should be one of them. If this sounds like something viable you'd like to do, here's how you can get started.

1. Change Your Shopping Habits

People are so used to having their grocery packed in plastic bags that they don't realize how fast plastic accumulates. The problem is doubled by the fact that plastic bags are given for free to shoppers. Unfortunately, they've got a high environmental impact as they’re the most ubiquitous form of garbage.

As a measure to reduce the plastic in your home, avoid these plastic shopping bags. Instead, make it a habit to bring your own shopping bag. Get a reusable woven or fabric bag that you'll carry with you in all your trips to the store.

While at it, avoid using straws for your soft drinks and give up gum. In case you didn't know, gum is made of synthetic plastic.

2. Avoid Bottled Water

Sometimes it's inevitable to buy bottled water, especially when you're away from home. Plastic water bottles are an easy target when you want to reduce plastic waste. Consider having a refillable water bottle.

You can always carry your drinking water from home to work or any other place. Closely related to water bottles are plastic coffee cups. They are culprits to adding to the plastic waste around your home. While thinking of refillable water bottles, consider bringing a portable thermos to the coffee shop for your to-go coffee.

Although disposable coffee cups look like paper, they're actually lined with polyethylene, which is a type of plastic resin. These materials are supposed to be recycled, but unfortunately, the infrastructure to do so is usually lacking. The lids and stirrers also contain some plastic, and you can avoid all this when you have your own mug.

3. Choose Cardboard Packages Over Plastic Ones

Cardboard is a lot easier to recycle than plastic. Besides, paper is biodegradable and doesn't add to the weight of a product like glass or aluminum does. Whenever possible, go for products packed in boxed instead of bottles or plastic.

Do some background checks on companies that have a strong stance on deforestation. These are most likely companies that sustainably source for cardboards for packaging their products. You'll be better off supporting them in their quest to reduce plastic waste.

4. Switch to Reusable Cloth Instead of Diapers

For people who have young babies, they know how many diapers their babies use in a day. You can do away with plastic trash in the form of diapers by switching to reusable cloth.

In the same line, consider using non-disposable items in the place of sanitary towels. DIY reusable pads and menstrual cups are a great alternative to disposable pads. These options also reduce the amount of packaging that comes with pads and tampons.

If giving up pads isn't an option for you, go for brands that have less plastic applications.

Using natural fabric cloth instead of synthetic is a long term sustainable leaving. Even when your rug, diaper, towel, etc. is not of use anymore, the process of degradation will be less abrasive on the Earth, and won't last for decades or centuries. Check interesting ideas for using kitchen towels made from natural materials here - Mary's Kitchen Towels.

5. Change Your Food Storage Options

Are your food storage containers mainly plastic? Do you opt for plastic baggies or plastic wraps to keep your vegetables fresh? Maybe it is time you rethink these options.

Ditch those plastic zipper bags or plastic wrappings. Some viable replacements include glass containers and jars to store your food. They will also come in handy when it comes to carry-out.

6. Bulk Shopping

If you're keen, you'll realize that most of your plastic waste is generated in the kitchen. When you shop in bulk, you reduce the amount of plastic that finds its way to your home. You can reduce the plastic packaging by bringing your own containers and bags to stock up bulk food.

Having your own shopping jars and tote bags will be especially useful when you shop at refilling stores.

Final Thoughts

Big companies are making efforts to reduce plastic wastage, and so can you. In 2020, make it your aim to have less plastic in your home. A good place to start is to avoid products packaged in plastic.

Look for items packaged in boxes or jars. Shopping in bulk from refilling stores allows you to come with your own containers from home. Also, make it a habit to bring along your tote bag when you go shopping.

Having your own bag eliminates the need to carry home the plastic packages given by most stores. Keep away from bottled water, plastic coffee cups, straws, and diapers, and see a reduction in your plastic waste.

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