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Small changes, big Impact: The power of simple habits in reducing plastic pollution

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Plastic waste is an environmental issue that affects our planet in various ways. Every year, we produce a staggering number of plastic tons, the most majority of which ends up in landfills or polluting our oceans and waterways. Although this may appear to be an impossible challenge, everyone of us can do our part to safeguard the environment by cutting down on the amount of plastic we use. In order to get you started, here are five easy steps:

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One of the simplest methods to lessen plastic usage is to carry your own reusable bags to the store.

One of the most widespread types of littering is plastic bags, which can remain in the environment for hundreds of years before decomposing. Reusable bags can be made of many different things, like cotton, canvas, or even recycled plastic. They are stronger and last longer than plastic bags, and you can use them over and over again. Using reusable bags is an easy way to help the environment by reducing single-use plastics.

Using a reusable bag is not only good for the environment, but it may also wind up saving you money. You may save money over time by using a reusable bag instead of buying new plastic bags every time you go shopping, and many businesses now offer discounts or rewards for customers who bring their own bags.

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It’s important to take care of your reusable bag so it lasts as long as possible and may be used for as many purposes as possible. Most reusable bags can be cleaned easily and quickly in the washing machine or by hand with light detergent and water.

Get a water bottle that can be reused and refilled instead of buying disposable water bottles daily.

Another common item that contributes to plastic waste and environmental harm is plastic bottles. Using a reusable bottle instead of a disposable plastic bottle is one way of helping the environment by reducing plastic waste. Reusable bottles can be found in a wide range of materials, from recycled plastic to glass to stainless steel. They last for a long time and may be used several times, so you won’t have to buy as many disposable plastic bottles.

In addition to saving you money over time, this strategy can also significantly help you generate far less waste. It also guarantees that you always have access to water, which is crucial for any outdoor activity or trip.

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You can get the most use out of your reusable bottle if you take good care of it and keep it clean. All you need is some soap and water to clean your reusable bottle; some may even go in the dishwasher. Similarly, it’s important to stock up on various reusable bottles to choose a fresh one whenever you need one.

Just say “no” to plastic straws

Straws made from plastic are one of the most common examples of single-use plastic, and their impact on the environment is a major source of pollution. Plastic straws are very difficult to decompose and frequently wind up in the ocean, where they pose a threat to marine life. To help lessen the quantity of plastic that ends up in landfills and seas, just say “no” to the straw.

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There are many other things you can use instead of plastic straws. One option is to use paper straws, which are biodegradable and can be composted. Another option is to use reusable straws made of materials like glass, stainless steel, or bamboo. These straws are strong and can be used over and over again, so there is less need for single-use plastic straws.

It’s important to let your server or restaurant know that you don’t want a plastic straw with your drink when you’re eating out or getting takeout. Many restaurants and cafes now offer alternatives to plastic straws, such as paper or compostable straws, or only give out straws when asked for.

Go for items that come in as little packaging as possible.

The quantity of plastic that winds up in our seas and landfills is shocking, and much of it comes from packaging. Choosing items with minimum packaging is one way to protect the environment and reduce plastic consumption. Choosing items with little packaging means they are packaged with little to no plastic. Paper and cardboard items, products offered in bulk or without packaging, and products packed in readily recyclable or biodegradable materials all fall under this category.

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Products that require less packing are preferable for various reasons. For starters, it helps cut down on the quantity of trash that is thrown away and eventually ends up in the seas and landfills. Energy and resources used in manufacturing and transporting packaging materials are cut down as a result. Moreover, it usually ends up saving customers money, as items with less packing are cheaper to produce and ship.

Go for products that are packaged in environmentally friendly ways to cut down on your plastic usage. Rather than buying pre-packaged fruits and vegetables, go for fresh food and products packed in paper or cardboard. If you’re shopping at a store that sells goods in bulk, you can save money by bringing your own reusable bags, containers, and jars to stock up.

If you buy things online, pick a company that packs them in as little plastic as possible. Try to shop at places that utilise recyclable materials or packaging that can be broken down into compost.

Recycle properly

An essential step in protecting the environment and decreasing plastic waste is recycling. While recycling is great, improper recycling can lead to plastics ending up in landfills rather than being repurposed.

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Remember to clean and organize your recyclables before placing them in the bin, and research what can and cannot be recycled in your area. You can help in ensuring that your plastic garbage is treated properly and kept out of landfills and waterways by doing so.

The video below gives an overview of the problem of plastic pollution, including how it affects marine life and the ocean. It also talks about ways to cut down on plastic waste, like recycling, cutting down on single-use plastics, and supporting a circular economy.

Plastic Pollution: How We Can Keep Plastics Out of Our Ocean

If you follow these guidelines, you’ll be able to greatly cut down on plastic waste and do your part to keep our world safe. Although these changes may appear insignificant individually, they will add significant results if we work together.

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21 Responses

  1. This is one of the best articles on plastic waste which is a global problem. I love all that you shared, and you are right, one cannot deny the fact that plastic is one major persistent pollutant in our environment.

    I appreciate that you simplified the article by explaining the step by step ways on how to proffer long lasting solution to this environmental pollution.

    As mentioned in the article, edible food packaging is one great solution that will really help stop plastic waste.I believe this innovation brings us one step to building a waste-free world.

    Thank you for writing this great article.

  2. Making conscious changes to protect our environment should always be our priority, thanks for sharing!

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