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26 Feb

Easy Ways To Reduce Plastic In Your Daily Life

Simple ways to reduce daily plastic use
Simple ways to reduce daily plastic use

Straws, coffee lids, and plastic packaging are all common things that make up over 8 million tons of plastics in our oceans every year. It’s hard to believe that the amount of plastic that ends up in our ocean every year is the equivalent to dumping the contents of a garbage truck into the ocean every minute! And at this rate, it’s not surprising that by 2050, plastic in the ocean will outweigh fish. As alarming as all of this is, doing the whole zero waste thing can be impossible for most people considering that important items such as car seats, helmets and medical tools are made out of plastic. However, making small daily changes and swaps to reduce single-use and daily plastics from our lives is very doable. Needless to say, I myself am not the most eco-friendly person I know, but I’m learning about ways to reduce and eliminate plastic from my daily life and taking it one step at a time. In the end it’s all about trying to do our part and being better than we were yesterday. If you’re already implementing these steps into your daily life, that’s amazing. If you aren’t quite there yet, you’ll find that incorporating one of these simple steps can be very satisfying and will become part of your daily routine in no time. 

Keep scrolling to see my simple tips on reducing and eliminating plastic in your daily life, along with shop links to some of my favorite eco-friendly products that are worth investing in! 

Ditch The Lid and The Straw

Next time you’re at a coffee shop or restaurant think..do I really need a lid and straw? Probably not. But if you really love using a straw, there’s tons of reusable options out there like stainless steel, glass, and silicone. There’s even straws that fold into compact cases that can be tucked away in your handbag or put on your keychain. 

Gold Stainless Steel Straws

$6.95

HAY Reusable Glass Straw Set

$25.00

Silicone Travel Straw

$5.00

Reusable Thermal Coffee Cup

$22.00

Refuse Plastic Bags and Use Reusable Shopping Bags

Avoid saying yes to plastic bags and instead purchase a few really large and durable reusable bags for all of your shopping needs. Whether it’s grocery, beauty, or clothing shopping, you can help reduce plastic from being dumped in landfills by simply keeping these bags on you or in your car. If your on-the-go or space is an issue, there’s also foldable reusable bags that attach to your keychain. Personally, I love Burlap tote bags for grocery shopping and they’re eco-friendly, reusable, and organic! I included a link for you guys below! 

Reusable Produce Bags (set of 2)

$20.00

Burlap Reusable Tote Bag

$19.99

Reusable Mesh Produce Bags

$12.97

Invest in Reusable Containers and Utensils

Bamboo cutlery, glass containers, and silicone zip-locks will change the way you look at food storage and eliminate your need for single-use plastics on the daily. In today’s disposable society, it’s easy to turn to items that are convenient like take-out boxes and plastic utensils, but being prepared is key. Keep a set of bamboo utensils and glass container in your car or work bag. Replace your plastic ziplocks with silicone reusable bags that are freezer, dishwasher, and microwave-safe. 

Glass Food Storage Containers (4-pack)

$24.99

Reusable Bamboo Cutlery Set

$18.00 $20.00

Stasher Reusable Silicone Bags

$11.97

Buy in Bulk

Think about how much plastic packaging you go through when buying things like pasta, rice, snacks etc. To avoid food packaging, you can shop at the bulk aisle of any grocery store and bring your own mesh bags or jars to fill. Some markets now have refilling stations for soap, lotions, and cleaners as well. And when it comes to things like toiletries, it’s hard to find products that aren’t plastic wrapped, but even toilet subscriptions are now a thing ha! So not only do you save plastic wrap ending up in landfills, but you also save money and time. I recently discovered this subscription service that not only delivers toilet paper to your door when you need it, but the brand donates part of it’s profits to clean water and sanitation organizations. 

Eco-Friendly Toilet Paper Subscription

$30.00 for 24 rolls

Reusable Household Cleaning Subscription

$39.00 for set + $2 refills

Glass Canisters (set of 5)

$34.99

Stop Buying Bottled Water

Are all these fancy water brands really healthier and tastier than regular tap water? Not really. In fact, most bottled water brands are simply using tap water, yet we spent $100 billion on bottled water each year. Crazy right?! Not only are plastic bottles polluting the earth, but they aren’t safe for our health. Chemicals in plastic are leaching into our water and can lead to many dangerous health issues and diseases. The easiest way to eliminate the use of plastic bottles is to invest in a water filter and reusable stainless steel water bottle that you can carry around with you everywhere you go. 

Stainless Steel Bottle

$10.49

BLK Glass Water Bottle

$38.00 22.80 

Alkaline Water Filter Pitcher

$44.99

11 Comments
  • Jenelle

    Yes, girl yes!! This is what I am here for too! My whole house is all about reusable bits and pieces and minimizing waste. It is so refreshing to see this since I for the most part always feel like I am the one lecturing people around me about making smarter more considered choices when it comes to single-use items. It annoys them, but I hope they will at least listen to me and get where I am coming from eventually. xx Jenelle | inspiringwit.com

    February 26, 2020 at 11:29 pm Reply
  • A Trendy Life

    Great ideas! I use some of them.
    Have a nice day!

    http://www.atrendylifestyle.com/

    February 27, 2020 at 2:38 am Reply
  • Meredith

    Such good tips!! I’ve never even thought of subscription services like that, but it sounds like they are doing great things for the world!

    February 27, 2020 at 2:45 am Reply
  • Elisa

    What’s happening to our planet is truly horrific 😢 Thank you for shedding light on this and providing these tips!

    February 27, 2020 at 9:26 am Reply
  • Elegant Duchess

    Great tips Jess. I definitely need to get some of these reusable straws. I’ve been using paper ones but they don’t last for too long. One habit that I need to drop is buying bottled water! xx

    Elegant Duchess xx
    https://www.elegantduchess.com/

    March 1, 2020 at 8:47 am Reply
  • Jessica

    Great ideas dear. Indeed, when these little things add up, they can make a huge impact, especially if more and more people get on board!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    March 6, 2020 at 9:32 pm Reply

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