Plastic can be found in a surprising number of places in your home, and plastic is being produced faster than ever before. Today the world makes and consumes about 600 billion pounds of plastic yearly, and the market is still growing about 5% a year. It can be difficult to manage your plastic usage at home, but these four tips will make it a bit easier and help you get the most out of your plastic items.
- Learn where plastic is hiding: It’s no secret that many household items are made with plastic, but there are some hidden plastics in items you may never expect, even beauty and cleaning products. Check the labels of your most-used household products; you’ll be surprised at how many make use of microplastics as a component.
- Be mindful about your usage: Next time you go to purchase a product, ask yourself what it’s been made of. For example, if you’re purchasing plastic water jugs or water bottles, check the packaging to see if it’s made of new or recycled plastic. Additionally, if it is new, check if it’s recyclable plastic before making your purchase.
- Simple switches in daily life: In many cases, using plastic is difficult to avoid. In these situations, see if it’s possible for you to find another alternative that uses plastic more efficiently. For example, rather than using plastic water bottles, try to use a reusable bottle and tap water. If the tap water isn’t safe to drink, opt for plastic water jugs instead; plastic water jugs use less plastic than purchasing multiple bottles.
- Reuse and recycle: Instead of throwing your used plastic away, make sure you’re giving it a second purpose any chance you get. Either properly clean your plastic products so they can be recycled and turned into new plastic material, or find a way to repurpose plastic bottles or packaging in your home. This keeps plastics out of landfills and reduces the amount of plastic that needs to be produced.
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