Changing lifestyle for bigger change. We can make the difference. Why we HAVE to change our lifestyle and support No plastic movements?
Plastic debris affect nearly 700 species worldwide through entanglement and ingestion, alters natural biological and chemical processes, provides a means for the introduction of toxins into the food web.
WHAT’S THE PROBLEM:
Scientific studies indicate that an emerging threat faces our freshwater and marine ecosystems: Plastic pollution. Since plastics are cheap, versatile and strong Deliver significant societal benefits It comes as no surprise that plastic production has increased exponentially since the 1960’s. If current practices continue as usual, by 2025 there could be 1 ton of plastic for every 3 tons of fish in the ocean.
That means we are talking about just 6 years in the future.
And calculating the years was shocking to me. I have to do something at my level. We should all do something. We can all take some small steps. Every little step will be of much significance.
Plastics consist of a variety of synthetic organic polymers and additives, giving each plastic product its unique properties. Plastic is generally split into two categories: micro and macro plastics. Microplastics are smaller than 5mm, found throughout the water column and comprise 95% of the plastics in the ocean. Not readily seen, they receive less attention than macroplastics, which are visible pieces of debris, larger than 5mm, and usually found on surface water or coastal beaches.
Starting small but effectively. Changing lifestyle for bigger change.
If you are with me, in this journey of making little changes in our life styles, then let’s begin.
Changing lifestyle for bigger change.
Let’s start easy: These are the first few changes you can do to your lifestyle. This doesn’t affect your routine nor consumes time, on the other hand, it saves your money and saves our planet from our share of plastic.
1. Say NO to plastic bags.
About 365 plastic bags pass through the hands of a single consumer each year. By switching to reusable bags, you can make a huge impact.
Stock up on a variety of bags made from natural materials like cotton and canvas and keep them stocked in a basket by your door, in your car, in your work bag – basically make it so you’re never without a bag in case of a last-minute purchase or errand run.
2. Stop buying disposable paper towels.
Paper towels are one of those items that most of us find convenient, but are completely unnecessary. If we reduce the number of paper towels used per day, we will save pounds of paper waste each year. Now imagine if you got rid of paper towels completely.
Get yourself a stack of reusable and washable rags to do the dirty work. You can even make your own cleaning rags by cutting up old t-shirts or bath towels that are too stained to wear or use for bathing anymore.
It is a doable step, in our setups? Isn’t it.
If you use paper towels in your bathroom to dry your hands, simply replace it with a hand towel. Easy!
3. Learn to let your fridge go empty.
Have you ever lost track of a piece of fruit or a vegetable in the back of your jam-packed produce drawer and only discovered it a few weeks later due to the rancid rotting smell? Losing track of the perishable food in our refrigerator is a big contributor to our individual food waste.
Use this trick: don’t buy new food until you’ve eaten almost everything perishable in your fridge. By letting your fridge go nearly bare, you’ll be able to see exactly what you have and won’t lose track of anything. Rather than thinking about what you want to eat and buying food based on that, look at what you currently have and figure out what you can make with it that sounds appetizing.
Less trips to the grocery also means less money spent on food.
4. Skip the plastic straw.
WE use plastic straws which for the most part, are completely unnecessary!
Next time you’re eating at a restaurant, before you order anything, inform your waiter that you’re straw-free table. Or get yourself a reusable bamboo or stainless steel straw if you like to sip from one, or get a cold drink to-go.
5. Learn to say “no”.
One of the easiest ways is just say “no”.
Say “no” to unnecessary purchases, say “no” to free gifts with purchase that you don’t actually want, say “no” to that piece of plastic-wrapped candy in the snack drawer at work, say “no” to disposable drying towels in the bathroom and shake your hands dry instead.
6. Avoid plastic water bottles and single-use coffee cups.
Getting yourself a reusable water bottle and coffee cup is one of the most simple ways to avoid plastic. Plus making coffee at home and taking it in your cup with you, or filling up a bottle of water for free instead of buying a new bottle each time you’re thirsty, will save you lots of money in the long run.
Follow these 6 simple ways, without any extra effort to start contributing towards cleaner Earth.
Please join us in this change,share your no plastic daily journey by tagging @happyheart_forever in your Instagram posts, and using the hashtag #lessplasticdaily #happyheart_forever !
Also read: 111 Doable steps to a plastic-free life.
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