We all know that plastic waste is a serious problem all over the world. We are surrounded by plastic waste that will take thousands of years to decompose. We are also well aware of how this waste is a threat to our environment and our health. But are we really doing anything to tackle this issue? No, right! Only raising a concern is not going to solve this problem, we all have to make efforts to minimise plastic waste.
The best and most easy way to bring this change is to make small changes in our day-to-day life and swap some of the products that we use with eco-friendly options. We often think that using eco-friendly or sustainable products is costly. And buying these products will exceed our budget limit.
Here in this article, we are going to tell you how you can swap some daily routine plastic products with more eco-friendly and sustainable options. And once you change these small habits you will realise how big an impact they can make on our environment. This swap will help you do your bit for the environment and live healthy, eco-friendly and sustainable life:
Yes, you read it right! The first thing on our list is toothbrushes. Switch your plastic toothbrush with the traditional bamboo toothbrush. The plastic that is used in standard toothbrushes is difficult to decompose in the environment. Since wooden toothbrushes are made of bamboo they don’t have any toxic components like plastics. With antifungal properties, Bamboo toothbrushes are as durable as your regular ones.
Do you also use paper towels and napkins that you throw in the dustbin after a single use? If yes, it’s time to change your habit. The affordable and eco-friendly option for paper napkins is cloth napkins. You can reuse the cloth napkins/towels after using them. All you have to do is wash them properly and they are ready to use once again. This way you save a lot of money that you probably spend on buying those paper napkins. And of course, you’ll also save tons of paper waste.
Period products like sanitary napkins and tampons are used by women every month during their menstrual cycle. But do you know that these period products are made up of rayon, cotton and plastic? And it is believed that one sanitary napkin is equal to four plastic bags. The best alternative for sanitary napkins and tampons is menstrual cups. It is made up of silicon and you can also reuse it after washing it in hot water. Apart from that, you can also use cloth pads and compostable tampons that are equally environment-friendly and do not harm your health.
Reusable Cloth Bags
We all are guilty of carrying our groceries, vegetables and other things in plastic bags. It is one of the major reasons behind the rise of plastic waste. We use plastic bags once or a maximum of twice but not more than that. But if you use cloth bags, you can reuse them many times. It is an eco-friendly, sustainable and long-lasting option. Made up of jute and cotton, Cloth bags are strong and can carry heavy weights also.
If you remember, your parents always remind you to take your own water bottle while leaving the house. That advice is relevant even today. Carrying your own water bottle everywhere you go is a smart choice. Replace your plastic water bottle with a stainless steel or glass water bottle. This way you don’t have to spend money buying bottled water from outside and save one piece of plastic every time.
Our environment is deteriorating faster than we think. It is high time that we take adequate measures to save our environment and create a sustainable world for our upcoming generations. We don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to save the environment, just small changes are enough to make the world a better place to live. Your small step can bring a big change to the environment. Be the change you wish to see in the world!