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It is no longer enough to think about recycling or reusing plastic, it is key to start reducing its consumption. how to do it?
Ideas to reduce the consumption of plastics
Don't buy bottled water. Plastic water bottles are one of the biggest waste in the world because they are not always fully recyclable. The best option would be to drink water from the tap as long as it is safe, you can use a commercial filter or traditional clay ones. Another alternative is to use returnable bottles.
Do not accept plastic straws. This is an element with a high impact on the environment, which is used only once and then discarded. Changing this unnecessary habit is key. Let's remember the case of the turtle that was rescued and had a straw in its nose ...
It is customary to always carry a reusable bag with you. Well folded, they take up almost no space and there are many design and material options to choose from.
Buy products packaged in cardboard or glass. Avoid unnecessary packaging. In the supermarket, generally, brands have different types of packaging for a particular product. Whenever you have a choice, say no to plastic packaging, even if it's cheaper. Both glass and cardboard are easier to recycle and, if disposed of improperly, they take less time to decompose and above all, they are much less harmful to the environment.
Do not use plastic containers for your food.Unfortunately, the pace of life in cities does not leave us time to cook and we usually ask for food that comes in plastic or polystyrene trays. Hopefully we can sometimes bring food from home, but in tupers. We can improve this habit by using glass or stainless steel containers.
Buy "loose" products in bulk. In most cases it will be cheaper and often less processed products. Bulk products can help reduce waste significantly. You can buy exactly the amount you need and if you bring your own reusable bags or containers, even better: you don't generate more waste.
Avoid disposable products. Paper napkins, cups and plastic cutlery are a bad option for the environment. The option is to eat finger food or take a set of camping-type steel cutlery with you.
Other options to reduce:
- Don't use plastic wrap.
- Use wooden, bamboo, or stainless steel cookware.
- Use wooden clothespins and hangers.
- Use matches instead of lighters
- Use glass bottles for babies.
- Use cloth diapers.
- If you are a woman, use a menstrual cup or cloth pads.
- Don't use disposable razors.
- Do not consume gum, they contain plastic
With information from:
Art Surf Camp