1) Buy in Bulk!
A lot of our plastic use comes from packaging! An easy way yo reduce this is to buy certain things in bulk! Pasta and other dried goods, such as beans or spices, are easy to buy in bulk and store in reusable containers. You can find some great ideas for food storage on Pinterest!
2) Stop Buying Water Bottles!
It takes more water to make those bottles than they hold. Ditch the plastic water bottles and grab a reusable bottle. Better yet, grab a filtered water jug and keep fresh water in your fridge at all times.
3) Be an Eco-Friendly Shopper!
The reusable shopping bags are much more sturdy, can carry a lot more, and save a lot of plastic! One complaint I hear is that they take up a lot of space, but you can get some sweet bags that fold up all pretty in your purse. Keep a few in the trunk of your car and use them when you buy groceries. Lots of grocery stores are starting to charge for plastic bags, so this is also a great way to save money!
4) Smarter Food Storage!
When saving your leftovers, use reusable plastic containers or even glass containers. Single use plastic sandwich bags can really add up (in cost as well!). Save your containers from food purchases, such as margarine containers; the big ones make excellent food storage for soups and stews!
5) Don’t Be Lazy!
I know how tempting it is to have plastic plates and cutlery, especially when you have company over. Take the extra time to use your dishware and just throw it in the dishwasher. If dishware just isn’t feasible (ie. camping), opt for recycled paper products instead!
6) Opt for Non-Plastic!
There are lots of items that come in plastic and a non-plastic alternative. If you’re shopping for a new items, take a look at the different materials and opt for the non-plastic. Storage containers are a great example here. You can get some really nice wicker or cloth baskets to store things, instead of going with the plastic container.
7) Lastly, Recycle!
If you can’t completely get rid of plastic, make sure you are recycling the plastic you have. This plastic goes back to the manufacturers and gets remade into products. Plastic is still being used, but at least you’re helping the manufacturers use less plastic too!
Take a look around your house and you’ll soon realize how much plastic we own! Have other ideas on how to reduce your plastic use? Share them below!