Nowadays, there are many different alternatives to single-use plastics and other single-use items. From reusable water bottles to bamboo eating utensils, if you try hard enough to find it, you will always be able to find an alternative to a single-use item. While single-use plastic and other single-use items may be more convenient, they are destroying our oceans and this planet.
In part one of this blog, we discussed a few ways to reduce your single-use plastic consumption. These included switching to reusable items, such as canvas shopping bags, choosing cardboard over plastic, and avoiding items with unnecessary plastic. These are some of the simplest ways to reduce your single-use plastic consumption, but there are still so many more!
At TeaZen®, we want to help this planet thrive. As part of our mission, we want to improve conditions for every living thing on this planet and make a positive environmental impact. While we might sell green tea concentrates that may provide different benefits, green tea is not the only thing we care about! That is why we are going to give you some more tips for reducing your singe-uses plastic consumption. If you are looking to become more eco-friendly, be sure to read on and start implementing these tips into your daily life.
Make Personal Care Plastic Free
If you walk into your bathroom right now, how many plastic items do you notice? While a disposable plastic toothbrush may last you a while and your disposable razor may last a month, there are ways that you can even cut back on some of these personal care items.
According to 4ocean, one billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown away every year. This is equivalent to about 50 million pounds of waste annually. Swapping out your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one can help reduce the amount of plastic that finds its way into the environment. While there is no research that states that bamboo toothbrushes perform better than plastic ones, they do biodegrade. It takes about six months for a bamboo toothbrush to biodegrade and make its way into the soil, whereas with plastic, it will never biodegrade, which means it will stay in the ecosystem forever.
Razors are another bathroom item that you need to be aware of. If you purchase disposable plastic razors that you throw away every couple of weeks, you need to make the swap! Instead, choose a razor that allows you to replace the blades or switch to a straight razor. This will reduce your plastic consumption dramatically.
If you have been considering getting your body waxed instead of shaving on a regular basis, here is another great reason to make the switch! Get rid of razors altogether and remove hair with waxing services instead! This may not be an option for everyone, but if you have been considering it, we say go for it!
Feminine Hygiene Products
If you want to take your eco-friendly practices to the next level, making your period plastic and waste-free is a great option. There are many different products out there that allow you to reduce the amount of period waste of your product. From the Diva Cup to period-proof underwear, you can cut back on your use of tampons and pads and reduce your waste. However, some women do not really have the option to quit using tampons. If this is the case, just try to choose a brand or product that doesn’t use plastic applicators.
Many face washes, body washes, and other cosmetic products include microbeads, which are used as an exfoliator. While many countries are banning the use of microbeads in cosmetic products, making them easier to avoid, it is still something you need to be aware of. You may not have even realized that these tiny little beads could cause a problem, but they do!
A huge majority of the plastic polluting the oceans are microplastics. These microplastics are generally broken off bigger pieces of plastic and are extremely hard to filter out. The microbeads found in your face wash, toothpaste, and body wash are also microplastics. These tiny beads are able to make it through water treatment plants and into the oceans. There are many different alternative cosmetic products that don’t include these harmful little beads.
Switch to Metal Hangers
Look in your closet, how many pieces of clothing is hung up (or supposed to be hung up) on plastic hanger? We guess that the answer is most of them. Many garments that you find in stores are shipped from other countries and many of which are sent already on plastic hangers. While this may make retail employees’ jobs easier, it means that 30 to 40 billion hangers are shipping to the US every year. These hangers could stretch about 8 million miles! To help put that into perspective, the 4ocean article mentions that that is far beyond the orbit of the moon. About 85 percent of these hangers end up in the landfill. This is why metal hangers are a better choice! They are 100% recyclable and are likely to last much longer than flimsy plastic hangers. You can also choose wooden hangers!
Make Your Own Juice
Who doesn’t love a nice cold glass of juice in the morning? But to make it even better, make your own juice and ditch the plastic juice jugs. Not only is this a much healthier option, but you will be reducing your plastic consumption as well! Just pick up a bunch of your favorite fruits (without plastic wrappers of course) and either juice them with a manual juicer or invest in a high-tech juicer if you are really serious about your juices. This is a fun way to make some new and unique juices, drink a healthier option, and cut back on your plastic consumption.
Another great way to reduce your plastic consumption is to simply think about it. You may not realize how much plastic and single-use items you are using on a daily basis until you make an effort to cut back. Once you start to pay attention to what you are using and become conscious of your plastic consumption, you will notice just how much plastic you are using.
Maybe you are using three different plastic spoons a day while at work. They are there, they are convenient, and they are your only option. Once you realize that, you can make the choice to bring in your own utensils that you can wash after every use. You can even purchase a reusable utensil set that you can keep in your purse or backpack, ready to use whenever!
Being aware of your plastic consumption can help you take bigger steps to become more eco-friendly and swap out single-use items for reusable ones!
Hopefully, these tips for reducing your single-use plastic consumption helps you get started on becoming more eco-friendly. With your help, we can help improve our oceans and the environment. At TeaZen, we want to help as much as possible, starting by spreading information to you! You can learn more about our mission and shop our green tea concentrates now. You can add these concentrates to your water, smoothies, or your homemade juice for a boost of benefits!
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