6 plastic items you didn't know you could replace to help our planet
There are more pieces of plastic in our oceans than there are stars in our galaxy! If we don’t start changing some of our habits we will soon drown our planet in plastic. Here are 6 plastic items you can replace today.
Plastic is a huge environmental problem and one that doesn’t get enough attention. In the US alone, more than 100 billion plastic bags are used and discarded every year.
#1 Kitchen sponges
Although they’re not an item you would traditionally think about, kitchen sponges are basically polyurethane which is a plastic material. Consider switching them with biodegradable dish brushes.
#2 Facial scrubs
Unless the manufacturer has stated otherwise, the exfoliating beads in your scrub are actually plastic. These don’t dissolve and end up being consumed by ocean creatures.
Consider switching to a chemical exfoliant or using a coffee scrub. It’s better for your skin as well as the planet.
#3 Tea bags
A lot of tea bags contain plastic. Switching to loose leaf tea will elevate your tea drinking experience while reducing your overall plastic consumption.
Dentists recommend that we switch our toothbrush at least every 3 months. This is sound dental advice but it makes for a lot of wasted plastic. Find a brand that sells bamboo toothbrushes - they’re biodegradable!
#5 Coffee pods
Coffee pods are very convenient but they’re an ecological catastrophe. Think about switching to a French press or coffee filters to minimize your impact.
#6 Shower curtains
Most shower curtains contain PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and they’re not only bad for the environment but they’re also bad for your health. Fabric shower curtains are non-toxic and much more ethical.
But don’t stop here. Try to notice when you use plastic and research what you can replace it with. You’ll be surprised by how much waste you’ll eliminate!
What other household items can be replaced? Do you use any eco-friendly products to help our planet?
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