Many of us have become aware of the damage we are causing to the planet, so those of us who want to make a change must start by eradicating some customs.
Above all the habits that we believe are less harmful, but in reality are quite the opposite, such as the use of plastic bags, straws, and bottles, to name a few.
To adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle and reduce the use of plastics we give you some tips on what to do to avoid their use.
Eliminate the use of straws
Utensils such as plastic straws are considered to be one of the biggest objects with a negative impact on the environment, since they are only used once and are voted on, however they end up generating around 13 million tons of plastic into the ocean.
In addition, the straws end up covering the strains of the cities and affecting marine species.
It is advisable to eliminate its use completely, but it is also allowed to replace it with a steel, bamboo or, failing that, paper.
Use glass or reusable bottles
Plastic bottles are also among the items that cause the most damage to the planet, as a single bottle could take more than 450 years to disappear.
In addition, some research has shown that bottled water is slightly contaminated and also contains chemicals that can damage our health over time.
The option to contribute to the reduction of pollution and be eco-friendlier would be to use a bottle or container of glass or steel for your water, in addition are easy to clean and do not pollute the water.
Use cloth or paper bags
Plastic bags are also major polluters and killers of animals; they also obstruct drains and drains.
They are another of the polluters that can take between 15 and a thousand years to disappear, so if we want to reduce the sum of 500 billion plastic bags generated we must stop their use.
Instead, we can use cloth bags, which we can comfortably carry in the bag, in the car, or buy one at supermarket checkouts.
You can also opt for paper bags if your purchases are not too heavy; in many places they use them, but we always ask that they be exchanged for plastic.
Only the use of nickel in Mexico is 125 thousand tons per year, however, we can modify our habits to prevent the figure from increasing.
In the majority of restaurants, they pack in Unicel the food at home, however, there are others that use containers with biodegradable materials or of cardboard, if you have the possibility to choose, it changes the Unicel by a friendlier material.
Also in the suggestions, you can mention the change of materials in their packaging. Or, ask for food and drinks that you finish and you don’t have to carry in a disposable package.
By changing our habits and following a conscious and eco-friendly lifestyle we will be able to help take care of the planet, but above all to prevent pollution from destroying more species of animals and our health.
3 first steps to start a life without plastic
Step 1: Identify our plastic consumption
The first step should be that of evaluation. The idea is to identify how much and what type of plastic we consume. This stage can last several days, even several weeks. Unfortunately, there is more plastic than we imagine in our lives. We value not only the amount of plastic we used and threw inside the house but also the amount we generated outside. That’s usually where we consume and discard most of the plastic we use.
But perhaps the most important thing was to look at the variety. What kind of plastic did we use? And above all, what were we using it for? Only from this sincere analysis will we be able to look for and find alternatives.
Step 2: Stay calm and develop a plan
Once you have identified the consumption you make of plastic, both in quantity and in the type of waste and objects, you should not be invaded by the feeling of guilt or the panic attack that is about to arrive. We had, for an instant, the feeling of being faced with a challenge, facing a mountain (plastic) too high to overcome it.
Take this challenging step by step. From the previous evaluation build a plan that will help you say goodbye to a large part of the plastic you consume. In our case, we start the process by reducing waste in stages: first the shopping bags, then the bottles, then the containers for preserving food, then the bags for weighing fruit and vegetables, etc.
Step 3: Replacing plastic objects little by little
Avoid throwing all the plastic objects you have at home in one fell swoop. It’s not a question of generating more waste. The priority should be to identify which objects you need to replace with health issues, such as tupers, bottles or objects you cook with. Later on, you can replace the rest of the plastic objects you have at home as they break or spoil, such as toothbrushes or hair brushes.
The important thing about this change is to understand that it is not a one-day process, that you need time for reflection but, following these three practical tips, we guarantee you effective and lasting results, as well as all the satisfaction that these entail.