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Green Living 101: 5 Easy Ways to Reduce Plastic Use in Your Home

Posted by ThreeMain on Sep 27, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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Your Plastic-Free Home Journey Starts Today

When it comes to sustainable living, having a plastic-free home can seem like an impossible task. Go ahead - take a look around and count how many plastic items you see. If you found a few, don’t feel guilty! Plastic is everywhere.

While it’s intended to make our lives easier, plastic is ultimately doing more harm than good. This is why we encourage you to do your part to help reduce the amount of plastic by making these five simple lifestyle changes.

 

1. Slowly transition to an all-natural kitchen

Since most plastic use is in the kitchen, this is a good place to start.

  • Use metal or wood cooking utensils: Many people opt for plastic utensils to avoid scratching Teflon-coated pans. For more eco-friendly alternatives, go for metal or wood instead.
  • Line your garbage bin with paper bags.
  • Switch from disposable to reusable: This includes reusable water bottles (metal or glass), glass storage containers, and reusable stainless steel items such as cups, plates, and bowls. Ditch the Tupperware and avoid disposable packaging.

 

2. Bring your own shopping bag and shop in bulk

Did you know between five billion and one trillion plastic bags are used each year around the world? When it comes to harming the environment, plastic shopping bags are at the top of the list. Shopping with your own bag is a simple way to reduce plastic use. Also, shopping in bulk will help you avoid excessive food packaging.

Most importantly, remember if you must use plastic bags reuse them as much as you can and recycle when you’re finished. Most groceries stores now have bins where you can return dry plastic bags and plastic film.

 

3. Make your own food whenever possible

Cooking is probably the last thing you want to do after a long day at work. We get it. But getting take-out usually involves a lot of plastic or Styrofoam waste.

Keep in mind, processed and packaged foods go hand-in-hand. Making meals with natural ingredients is not only healthier for you, but the environment as well.

 

4. Opt for plastic-free clothes when you can

New studies show that alarming numbers of tiny fibers from synthetic fabrics are making their way from your washing machine into aquatic animals. Choosing clothes made from natural fibers such as cotton, hemp, linen, and wool can help decrease the number of tiny fibers that are entering our water stream. For example, polyester, a popular fabric, is manufactured using synthetic material.

 

5. Buy multipurpose cleaning products

If you look in your cabinets, you will most likely see a bunch of cleaning products you rarely use. The truth is there are only a handful of products you need to keep your home clean. Fewer products in your home mean less plastics!

We’re not suggesting to start from scratch and throw everything out, but rather, work with what you have and as things run out, replace them with eco-friendly and plastic-free alternatives. This is a big reason why we've launched with just three simple cleaners focused on our three main rooms: living, bath, and kitchen. Our cleaners can handle nearly every cleaning job, decreasing the number of cleaning products you need in your home. Remember, less is often more.

 

Ready to get started on your plastic-free home cleaning journey? Learn more about why Plastic Pollution is a Problem and how Tiny Plastic is a Big Problem.

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