If you are in the middle of trying to make a conscious effort to be more green, then you have probably got a list of places you can make a difference. Many people still think that what they can do as a household isn’t big enough to make an impact. However, when lots of households do their part, the overall effect is much more significant.
One of the key ways that you can fight against plastic pollution is by buying specific products that can be reused, or that are created with ethics and the environment in mind.
Here are some great options:
If you like to grab a coffee on the go in the morning, or even while you are shopping. Then switch your thinking to reusable coffee cups. Single-use plastic lids and the coffee cups themselves contribute to a huge amount of waste. And, even though they can be recycled, they tend to be placed in the regular trash, or the ground. You can get a Keep Cup, which has the same shape and capacity as a typical take out cup but with none of the waste.
They’re also great for making coffee from your home out with you as they fit in cupholders in the car, and come in a range of sizes too.
It is estimated that American’s throw away somewhere in the region of 35 million plastic bottles a year. Most of that will end up in landfills, the ocean and cause all kinds of damage. However, there are a few really great options for reusable water bottles. The Dopper water bottle has an ocean cleanup program, as well as spreading awareness through their products. Onya is also another option. They have stainless steel drink bottles that come in three different sizes.
If you like the idea of even your toilet paper making an impact, then Who Gives A Crap makes toilet paper that is 100% recycled. It comes from sugarcane, bamboo, and recycled paper fibers. So, not only does it save on water, but it saves trees and reduces carbon emissions too. And, as an added bonus, they donate 50% of their profits to WaterAid to help build toilets for those that need.
There are a few options you can choose from when it comes to your oral hygiene. Bamboo and wood are, of course, sustainable and biodegradable – so make an ideal choice. It should be noted that bamboo can retain moisture, which may damage the toothbrush over time. Plant-based plastic toothbrushes are also an option, and while they look and feel like a standard toothbrush, you can send them to an industrial composter to have them broken down.
You can also get a recycled handle toothbrush. RADIUS says that you can reduce the waste by 93%. It would be higher, but you have to replace the head once in a while.
If you are partial to a pretty and unique piece of jewelry, then you might like the Do Amore range of ethical rings. The rings are made from recycled precious metals and are conflict-free. This means they are also part of the No Dirty Gold campaign. Not only that, but each ring that is purchased, will give two people clean water for life by co-founding a well in a developing country.
Many supermarkets now have their own reusable produce bags next to the fresh fruits and veggies. However, that can’t be relied upon. So, you can purchase a range of different size reusable produce bags. They let water and air through, which means you can wash your fruit and veggies quickly before putting them in the fridge.
As well as a reusable produce bag, reusable shopping bags can help you seriously cut down on how many plastic bags you are using. This one can be a bit tricky because you have to get into the habit of taking them with you when you go shopping. But if you purchase one with a storage pouch that can clip into your main bag, you’ll soon get into the habit of taking it everywhere with you.
If you like the idea of using all of the plastic in the ocean in products, then Sea2See is probably going to be interesting to you. Sea2See collects ocean plastic and waste using ropes and nets and then create designer eyewear. They collect an average of 1 ton of plastic every second. A sustainable and beautiful eyewear alternative.