Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Time to Cut Down on Unnecessary Plastic


Plastic is such a common part of our everyday lives that it’s hard to imagine a world without it. However, doing whatever little you can to reduce the amount of unnecessary plastic your family consume is undoubtedly good for the planet and your children’s, futures.

Why? Because there is purported to be 8 million metric tonnes of the stuff in our oceans, polluting them and poisoning fish. Then, there’s the two-thirds of consumer plastics that are dumped into landfills in the UK each year, leeching nasty chemicals into the earth, killing animals and making the climate change problem worse. That’s why!

What can you do about it? Start with these simple steps to lower plastic usage:

Don’t Buy Single-Use Plastics

Single Use plastics are things like plastic water bottles, food containers and bags that will typically thrown away after a short time. Try to buy as few of these as possible.

Recycle

If you do, for whatever reason, have cause to buy single-use plastics, then you should at least make an effort to recycle them. Unfortunately, not all plastics are recyclable. But many of them are and doing your bit by actually recycling them will really help.

Of course, you should aim to recycle or reuse as much of the plastic you use, whether it is single-use or something like a toy, whenever possible too.

Use Plastic-Free Containers

Using mason jars, metal lunchboxes and reusable sandwich wraps, for example, is a great way to cut down on your family’s plastic consumption without making life too difficult for you. They’re better for the body because they don’t contain nasty chemicals, too!

Buy in Bulk

If you can afford to buy things like rice, pulses, shampoo and cleaning solutions in bulk, then it is better to do so because not only will it save on plastic, but it’ll save you money in the long-term too.

Grow Your Own

If you have a garden, installing one of these excellent Eden Burford greenhouses could be a great way of cutting down on your plastic consumption. Try to choose a wooden one if possible, but because they last so long and because they can be used to grow healthy, package-free food all year round, if you do have to choose a model that contains plastic, they are still worth investing in.

Of course, if you can’t afford a greenhouse, there are lots of things you can grow without the extra protection they offer, and gardening is a fun, healthy family activity too!

Avoid Convenience Foods

Microwave meals and pre-packaged frozen foods tend to use a lot of plastic and cardboard, which is why it is always better to avoid them and make your own food from scratch as often as you can. Of course, doing this will lead to healthier bodies and smaller waistlines too, which is always good!

Reuse Things

Getting rid of plastic from your life completely probably isn’t going to happen (although there are people who’ve managed to achieve it), and that’s fine - you’re doing what you can - as long as you make an effort to reuse as much of the plastic you purchase as you can. There are countless upcycling sites and books that can help you transform old plastics into something new and pretty. Use them!
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