We encounter plastic use throughout our entire day. We use plastic water bottles, shampoo bottles, body wash bottles, tv remotes, hair clips, toothbrushes, trash bags, the list is truly endless. Over the last ten years, we as a species have produced more plastic than during the entirety of the previous century. It fills our oceans and landfills and breaks down at a prolonged rate; estimates for plastic degradation at sea has been ranged from 450 to 1,000 years. It is essential to keep Earth clean so that generations to come can have a clean, healthy, and enjoyable experience on Earth. Below are easy and simple items you can incorporate into your daily life to cut down on plastic usage.
- Stainless Steel Straws:
- They last forever, are easy to carry, and they make your drink look “Pinterest-y.” You can get eight of them and two cleaning brushes on Amazon for $8.
- Bamboo Toothbrushes:
- It is recommended that you discard your toothbrush every three months, so that is four toothbrushes a year that end up in the landfill or ocean. These bamboo toothbrushes are naturally whitening, and $10 will last you the entire year.
- Compostable Trash Bags:
- These work great for college students because we do not have a place to make a compost pile, and we accumulate a great deal of trash. 50 trash bags will cost you $15, which is comparable to the cost of regular trash bags.
- Reusable Shopping Bags:
- Yes, Kroger bags make excellent trash bags for the little trash cans; however, a great deal of them just build up. You can buy reusable bags at Walmart for 50 cents per bag or on Amazon for 5 for $13.
- Shampoo and Body Soap Bars:
- From Lush, you can buy shampoo, conditioner, and body wash bars for about $10 a piece and a container to keep them fresh for $3. They are good for over 100 washes and cut down on plastic use.
For more information on plastic in our environment, visit: https://www.ecowatch.com/22-facts-about-plastic-pollution-and-10-things-we-can-do-about-it-1881885971.html