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Be fantastic and reduce your plastic
There are a lot of little things you can do to reduce your plastic use and help the environment. From reusable bottles and coffee cups to second-hand shopping, here’s a list of ways you can limit the plastic in your life.
Use a canvas bag for shopping
Most grocery shops have already started to switch from grey plastic bags to re-usable plastic bags, but a canvas or material bag is the best for grocery shopping. The material can hold the weight of all your purchased goodies, plus they come in great designs. Look fashionable while being kind to the environment!
Buy in bulk
Save money and the environment by buying your groceries in bulk. It’s cheaper to buy your food in larger quantities and you reduce the amount of packing needed. Plus, less trips to the supermarket means more time doing the things you love! It’s a win, win.
If you’re looking to add more natural, fresh foods to your weekly shopping list, check if there are any farmer’s markets near you. Fresh fruit and veggies tend to have less packaging than processed foods making them better for the environment and better for you.
When Macklemore released ‘Thrift shop’ in 2012, he changed the way that the mainstream view second-hand clothing. Suddenly, grandpa and grandma’s clothes became hot ticket items. But beyond the second-hand fashion trend, shopping for your clothes at op shops and thrift shops is much better for the environment than buying your clothes brand new.
Same can be said with second-hand furniture. A lot of energy, water and plastic is used in the production of clothing and furniture. When you buy recycled items and hand-me-downs, you are choosing to give these items a second life.
If you decide to shop second-hand, try to shop at op shops who donate their profits to charity. Do your research on which cause you’d like to support. Who knew shopping could make you look and feel great?
Try a reusable water bottle
Use a metal straw
Straws are an excellent invention. They prevent your drink from messing on your face and they’re a necessity for when you get your wisdoms out. And let’s face it, they’re fun to drink out of! Sadly, many plastic straws end up in the ocean, harming our environment. As the plastic starts to degrade, it produces microplastics, tiny particles of plastic that marine life ingest making them sick.
Luckily, there’s the reusable straw! You can enjoy your milkshakes and smoothies without harming the environment. Next time you’re at your local supermarket, look for reusable straws. The turtles will thank you for it.
Try a Reusable coffee cup
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