Search

Living With Less Plastic

Plastic pollution is one of the most pressing issues in our current environmental crisis, especially as single used plastics have become so widely used and we have become lazier. Sustainability encourages a plastic-free lifestyle, but we know how impossible it is to become 100% plastic free with everything either containing or packaged in this polluting product.


Some Facts About Plastic

  • Half of all plastics ever manufactured have been made in the last 15 years

  • Production increased exponentially, from 2.3 million tons in 1950 to 448 million tons by 2015. Production is expected to double by 2050.

  • Every year, about 8 million tons of plastic waste escapes into the oceans from coastal nations. That’s the equivalent of setting five garbage bags full of trash on every foot of coastline around the world.

  • Plastics often contain additives making them stronger, more flexible, and durable. But many of these additives can extend the life of products if they become litter, with some estimates ranging to at least 400 years to break down.


What Can You Do?

Small changes today can create the largest change down the line, avoiding plastic is actually much easier than you think


Easy Step To Begin

  1. Identify Your Plastic Products

  2. Choose Easiest 3 To Replace Once Finished Using

  3. Search for Alternatives Through Eco-Friendly Marketplaces

Easy Alternatives

  1. Reusable Bags

  2. Reusable Coffee Cups

  3. Reusable Water Bottle

  4. Glass Jars

  5. Non-Perishable Goods In Bulk

  6. Bring Own Container Buying Deli Meat

  7. Bar Soap

  8. Cut Out Frozen Meals

  9. Farmers Market!!! - local is always better!

  10. Reusable Utensils & Containers

  11. Reusable Straw

  12. Plastic - Free Compostable Garbage Bags & Doggy Bags!!

Plastic In Your Clothes!!!

Sustainable fashion isn't just about the processes but what are in the clothes themselves. Synthetic fibers in your clothing is also a main polluter in the world and why we are so keen on the ingredients in our clothes.

Fabrics That Contain Plastics

  1. Polyester

  2. Nylon

  3. Spandex

  4. Chiffon

  5. Fleece

  6. Satin


Spreading Plastic Free Lifestyle To Others

  1. Tell your friends and family about your lifestyle change.

  2. Join a local community and participate in outreach events.

  3. Share articles like this one on social media.

  4. Start your own local or online group.

  5. Stay well-informed on environmental issues.


We know plastic-free is hard but with small initiatives we can all become much more sustainable. Stopping / slowing consumption of products containing plastic will produce change, you just have to stick with it!



Sources:


https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/plastic-pollution

https://www.onyalife.com/guide-to-living-plastic-free-life/