Plastic, it’s everywhere. We come in contact with it everywhere we go. Most of the food we buy at the grocery stores is packed into plastic packaging – even organic food is wrapped with a fine plastic layer to keep it fresh and to prevent it from the contamination of the fingers of fellow shoppers.
All of our lunch boxes are made out of plastic, we drink from plastic bottles, we feed our babies with heated plastic baby bottles, and we eat our take-away food on plastic plates with plastic forks, knives and spoons and so on. The list is endless.
However, even though we come in contact with it every day, it is extremely harmful for our bodies. We should not accept that. For example, did you know that chewing gum is basically made out of plastic? So we are actually chewing on plastic while refreshing our mouths. And did you know that you can find plastic in your tooth paste, shampoo, hand cream, hair gel, sun screen, make-up and perfume?
Through little amounts of non-visible plastic known as microbeads, plastic can enter and harm our bodies. Scientists relate those chemicals to breast and testicular cancer, decreased sperm quality, and premature puberty. Of course you can inform yourself about the ingredients of the product but how are we supposed to know what they mean?
Here is some advice to ensure that you avoid purchasing toxic products: If you see the word Polypropylene – you know for sure that it contains plastic. Polypropylene is a petroleum bi-product, which is the same stuff that fuels our vehicles. Try to avoid buying those products. Your health will thank you.
As you can see, plastic is everywhere and most of us can probably not imagine a life without it. Why should we? It’s cheap, useful and comfortable. Whilst it may seem impossible, can we actually do anything to avoid it? Well, of course we can, and it is not as hard as you might imagine.
Here are 6 simple tips and tricks on how to avoid consuming plastic products in your daily life:
1. Use a reusable shopping bag for your grocery shopping
Bring your own bag! Ask yourself: Do you really need a bag for every single piece of fruit that you buy?
You can easily put your fruit in your shopping cart without using a disposable plastic bag; you usually have to peel it anyway! Same with shopping for clothes – does it fit in your normal handbag? Yes? Why take a plastic bag then?
Bring your own reusable shopping bag and say no to plastic.
2. Drink tap water
Tap water is free and you avoid buying plastic bottles which you will throw away after having finished your drink. By avoiding plastic bottles you are saving money and you can enjoy the fresh water from the tap whose quality is much better than that of a plastic bottle.
Carry around your own fancy water bottle. The best options are stainless steel water bottles which contain no dangerous toxic material which you find in plastic bottles. Stainless steel water bottles are safer and keep your water fresh.
3. Bring your own coffee cup mug
When ordering your coffee at the take-away just bring your own coffee cup mug and say no to the paper cup and the plastic lid. In your stainless steel cup your coffee or tea stay warm for longer. Enjoy your coffee or tea without adding more rubbish to the world.
4. Say no to plastic straws
Think twice before getting a plastic straw for your drink. Do you really need one or can you easily go without? Straws are among the top ten marine debris items and have a huge effect on our oceans.
You might have seen the video of a sea turtle which went viral on social media. Some people tried to get a plastic straw out of the sea turtles nose. The video might shock you but this is reality.
Save our planets’ animals in using stainless steel straws. You can easily say no to plastic straws – so do it!
5. Refresh yourself with non-plastic tasting ice cubes
You just want to cool down a bit and refresh your drink with some ice cubes. Suddenly something tastes weird in your drink.
Yes, it is the ice cube which you have pushed out just a few seconds ago from the plastic or silicon tray. To avoid those tastes in your drink, make sure to get a stainless steel ice cube tray and enjoy your cool drinks even more.
6. Store your food in glass or stainless steel containers
Keeping your leftovers fresh is a challenge. Whilst a plastic container comes in handy because it is light, has clips and you can use it even in the microwave, you forget that it is pure toxic.
Never heat up your food in a plastic box!
Put your food on a normal plate before heating it up. Instead of buying plastic containers, invest your money in glass boxes or stainless steel containers. It is safer and will prevent you from dangerous toxicity.
Do you have any other tips to avoid plastic in your daily life? I would love to hear them! Write a comment and share your valuable tips.
Let’s create a better world!