15 Things One Can Replace In Order To Keep The World From Drowning In Plastic
Plastic has become a big part of our life given its multiple uses and despite it having many priceless uses, we have become obsessed with single-use or throwaway plastic — with harsh environmental cost.
Just to give you a sense, over one million plastic water drinking bottles are purchased every minute across the world. Over 500 trillion single-use plastic bags are used globally every year. Every year, half of the global plastic made every year is designed to be single use and then thrown away. This trash is then deposited in oceans, seas, and is harming both nature and animals in a big way.
The only way to save our Earth from drowning in plastic is to replace the use of plastic with naturally obtained materials and ban on the use of single-use plastic products. Buying products made of recycled plastic is also a good way to not promote the continued wasting of the Earth’s resources. Products like recycled plastic fencing needs no maintenance and is therefore becoming quite the popular option.
Here are 15 daily use things made out of plastic that can be replaced by other reusable or naturally obtained materials. These things are used in our daily lives and hence create a big impact on the environment since we dump everything carelessly.
1Toiletries and cleaning products
Our homes kitchen and bathroom are filled with numerous bottles of shampoos, conditioners and shower gels amongst other things. All these things pile up when we see the big picture in over a year. One must decide how many shower gels, shampoos etc should be used in months. These plastic bottles cause harm in a big way since they do not disintegrate.
How about changing from shower gels to soap bars and using multipurpose cleaners. Using a single brand of shampoo and conditioner, rather than two different things, may cut down on the number of plastic things being used in a month.
Membership cards accumulate like anything when you are a member of different clubs and other places. All these membership cards are then upgraded every year and the old ones are dumped in a landfill. The bad part is that the majority of membership cards are made of plastic and cause harm to the environment.
One can cut down on use of plastic membership cards altogether by using their phone numbers in order to become a member or store information on mobile phones.
Poop bags are widely used by pet owners who give their dogs walks and then have to clean up after their pets. Now, most of the poop bags are made out of plastics and though we collect biodegradable things in them, they cause harm to the planet.
Choose environment-friendly bags so that you make the earth aesthetically enjoyable both ways. Do research on choosing biodegradable bags since some companies do not sell what they say.
Synthetic fabrics such as polyester or nylon are composed of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). This polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is the same thing that is used to make plastic bottles and packaging and other plastic things. They do harm when they are washed, as with every wash, the micro grains of plastic is washed away in the oceans and et accumulated, causing severe harm to the ocean flora and fauna. Choose natural fabrics to keep yourself and the oceans safe.
5Sponges used in kitchens
Sponges in kitchens are made of plastic and this plastic is not recyclable. Though these sponges or scrubs are cheap and easily gettable; they actually cause a lot of harm since they contain dangerous substances such as isocyanates and hydrocyanic acid. It is better to use brushes or sponges made out of naturally degrading things.