Living without single use plastic
You are probably very aware that plastic pollution is everywhere. But did you know that it is entering our food chain and we are now consuming it in more ways than one. I came across a scary statistic the other day saying by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than marine life! Unless we do something about this, we are going to find out the hard way what the health implications of this will be. Refusing single use plastic such as plastic bags, plastic water bottles and plastic straws, is a great start to fixing the problem.
Eliminating plastic from your life takes some effort and I have to admit, although I'm getting closer everyday it continues to be a challenge because it is everywhere. You just have to step into a supermarket and you are set up for failure!
But not all is lost and I have had some great successes that you too can achieve such as:
- taking reusable bags shopping with me and refusing disposal plastic bags
- avoiding take away food (well at least takeaway in plastic containers)
- saying no to straws
- avoiding buying plastic packaged processed food
- refusing bottled water and using a reusable bottle
- refusing disposable coffee cups and always having a reusable cup handy
- really thinking about my purchases and avoiding plastic where I can
A great win for me was eliminating cling wrap. I ran out of it and refused to buy it again. How do I survive without it I hear you ask, well actually really easily.
I discovered reusable beeswax wraps. What a marvel they are! Not only do they work well, they look gorgeous too. Of course I still have the plastic tupperware type containers that I have collected over the years until I saw the light, so they also eliminate the single use of cling wrap but I have to say the beeswax wrap is proving to be a success.
They are living up to their claims of being sustainable, waste-free and non-toxic as they are made from 100% organic cotton infused with a blend of organic beeswax, tree resin and coconut oil.
They can be used for wrapping sandwiches for lunches, wrapping cheese and covering food in the fridge. After use, you simply sponge with some detergent and cold water. Apparently they last for one year and being biodegradable and non-toxic, they will break down in the ground, making it safe to continue to grow food.
Another bonus with the wraps I've bought are they made in Australia. Also they are contributing to the increase in the honey bee population which has been rapidly in decline. I've spent a little bit of money to build my collection but I'm really impressed with the investment. Besides you'd most likely spend more each year on cling wrap that either ends up in landfill or our oceans.
Our next challenge as a family was to no longer use plastic toothbrushes. I purchased environmentally friendly toothbrushes made from bamboo by another Australian company. All components of this product are biodegradable meaning that, unlike every other toothbrush I've used in my lifetime, this one won't outlive me and will be kind to the environment.
Still not convinced about making a change? Then watch Jeff Bridge's video to see just what a problem plastic has become in our short lifetimes.