Did you know that about 8 million tons of plastic gets dumped into the ocean each year? That is more than the amount of fish that are in the ocean. Most of the plastic that gets dumped into the ocean is broken into smaller pieces from sun exposure and wave action, then finding its way into the food chain and being consumed by sea life. If we don’t start making a better effort to reduce plastic then before we know it, our ocean will be a flowing pit of trash and all of sea creatures will be dead due to the pollution.
Over the past few years as I’ve shifted to a more mindful lifestyle, I have become much more thoughtful about the impact I am having on the environment. I am nowhere near perfect or 100% plastic-free, but every small effort counts towards making a difference and I am proud of the steps I have taken to live a more sustainable life. In this post, I am going to share with you 3 simple way to reduce plastic in hopes that you too will feel inspired to live more sustainable and save our planet!
Reduce single use plastic.
There are several ways to reduce single use plastic that can really help to make a difference when it comes to waste and dumping plastic into the ocean. Some ways that I reduce my plastic use are by eliminating straw use or skipping a straw all together, bringing my own reusable water bottle or coffee cup, using my own shopping bags for groceries, and using reusable silicon baggies instead of plastic bags.
A reusable water bottle, coffee mug, and metal straws are always a staple in my bag. If you’re looking to purchase some sustainable products to start reducing plastic, check out Ello Products!
Buy food in bulk.
Instead of buying individually packed items, purchase food like cereal, pasta, grains, etc, use a refillable back and purchase these items rom the bulk bins. Not only do you save money, but you reduce unnecessary packaging.
Not every plastic is recyclable, but items such as beverage bottles and plastic bags are recyclable. I would recommend researching or reaching out to your local recycling plant to find out what types of items are recyclable, then make it a priority to separate these items and recycle at home or work!