With the growing threat of plastic pollution to oceans, rivers, lakes and even tap water you might want to help contribute to reducing plastic waste. Zero waste is very hard but reducing your plastic footprint by 80% can be relatively easy and have a positive long-term impact.
Here are 5 easy ways you can help:
1) Avoid bottled water
Plastic bottles are the most common garbage found in the ocean. Contribute by saying no to single-use plastic entirely at home, in restaurants and while traveling.
If you don’t like the taste of the tap water at home or you’re concerned about the quality then get an affordable water filter such as TAPP.
When you’re on the go always bring a refillable water bottle. See our new app for places to fill up free of charge.
2) Shop without plastics
Always bring your own reusable bags for grocery and other shopping. Shop vegetables and fruits in a local market where they will way and package the products in the bags you bring and avoid plastic wrapping entirely. Always select products without plastic packaging if possible.
3) Eat out
Now you have an excuse to avoid cooking. Restaurants are generally more environmentally friendly in terms of energy usage and waste. Especially compare to lunch meals packages in single-use plastics. It’s also proven that you will live longer if you take the time to enjoy your meals.
4) Buy biodegradable plastics
Your garbage needs to go somewhere so it’s difficult to avoid plastic bags. Thankfully there are biodegradable options such as allBIO that don’t cost much more.
The same thing is true for diapers which are the third most disposed plastic in volume in Europe and North America. Most parents find cloth diapers too much work and therefore biodegradable diapers such as Naty and Bambo Nature are viable options.
Sometimes we have to replace one single-use plastic with another plastic such as in the case of Brita water filters. TAPP water now provides a sustainable alternative to biodegradable water filter cartridges available today.
These products any many more biodegradable alternatives are easily available on Amazon and well stocked local supermarkets.
5) Avoid buying stuff you don’t really need
Plastic products are cheap. Much too often we buy things that we don’t need, which end up in the drawer or trash after a few uses. Think twice before you buy things and pay a bit extra for quality (and the lifetime of a product) for the devices you use a lot such as a blender or coffee maker.