7 Easy Tips To Ditch Plastic on a Daily Basis
1. Do not leave your house without the basic equipment
For me it means to always have my reusable bottle and a cotton bag with me. So I can avoid buying water in plastic bottles and save money at the same time. With my bag I am always prepared for spontaneous buys at supermarkets as well as for every other thing that does not fit in my jeans or jacket pockets. Also if you like to drink your tea or coffee on the go, reusable coffee mug or thermo flask could be a part of your basic equipment .
2. Glass bottles instead of plastic bottles
Again, one of the main sources of plastic waste is bottled water, soft drinks and juices. Even though many bottles are used several times, a log of waste is produced, These plastic bottles also contain some questionable substances, which could overflow into the drinks. Also after sterilization of reusable PET bottles, there is a chance that highly toxic substances are used. Glass bottles might be a bit heavier, it's still worth the transition. Also switching to tap water is better for the environment and your wallet.
3. Replace disposables with reusables
Rethink your daily routine - how often do you use disposable plastic utensils ?
Starting with water bottles, coffee-to-go cups, plastic bags to plastic straws, cotton swabs and toothbrushes. Which items could be replaced? Plastic toothbrushes with wooden toothbrush? Disposable razors with classic razors? These will last a few months longer.
4. Bring your own packaging for shopping
Bringing your own bag or grocery box has been a common practice ever since. Nevertheless , the average European needs about 500 plastic bags every year. And this includes over 300 of the thin bags for fruits and vegetables, which are almost impossible to reuse. So what can we do?
If you forget to bring your bag and you only buy few things, grad a cardboard box.
In the fruit and vegetable section, you can put your goods in a separate basket , collect labels and prices and put them on a cardboard. You can also find unpacked food in organic stores or at farmer markets.
Say no to plastic bags while shopping clothes, books or present. „No thanks“ might lead to astonished look. But do not get bothered :) Just put the items in your backpack. And stay kind.
5. Pay attention to the packaging when shopping
When we go shopping, we do have the choice between dozens of products and often the price decides. But if you want to avoid plastic, a closer look is worth it. Some of the plastic-free products might be more expensive. But they are healthier and tastes better.
Here a small list of products where packaging makes the difference:
Ketchup, mustard, oil, vinegar and other products in glass bottles.
Loose vegetable and fruits instead of prepackaged.
Buy cheese and sausages from the fresh counter (or simply go vegan:)) 🌱
Bread from bakery or even homemade one is healthier and tastes better.
Yoghurt and milk in glass instead of plastic cups. You can good reuse them too :)