This is Reality...
If you've ventured away from the resorts, been up before dawn(& the clean-up crews) or perhaps been on the coast long enough to witness it... this is reality we are facing.
Our beautiful oceans... filled with majestic sea creatures beautiful enough to take our breath away if we're lucky enough to be in their presence… A true luxury that we are given with nothing asked in return.
Yet, we allow this to happen.
Our oceans are overflowing with trash. We continue to use plastic day in and day out, with no concern over where it might end up.
It's nothing you haven't heard before. Plastic pollution has and continues to cause devastating effects on our planet's oceans.
Unfortunately, plastic usage has become such a normal part of our daily lives that most people have no idea how much they actually use, nor an idea on how to cut down on their usage.
Much of this plastic is what we consider to be 'single use'. Things like: coffee cups/lids, plastic straws, disposable silverware, take-away food containers, etc. We only use these items one time, yet they remain on our planet virtually forever!
Plastic never fully breaks down and it's safe to say that every piece of plastic ever produced, is still on our planet. If we don't make a change, future generations will be paying the price for our 'convenience'.
The positive side? We can still make a difference.
Changing daily habits is a key factor in cutting down on plastic usage. Good habits create awareness which spreads to those around you. Take the lead and make a change.
Here are 11 habits to help you cut down on single use plastic.
Avoid Plastic Straws
Many of us have no idea how many straws we use on a daily/weekly basis until we start keeping track. Saying ‘no’ to plastic straws while at restaurants is a huge step towards cutting down your plastic usage. You may not realize it, but one single straw can kill a sea animal if ingested. Change to a biodegradable alternative. Our Bamboodee Co. bamboo straws are a great option!
Bring Your Own Bag
Think about it. Almost every time you’ve ever gone to the store, you’ve gotten a plastic bag with your purchase. Your whole life. Woah. Bringing your own bag when shopping not only helps cut down on plastic use, but most bags hold way more then plastic bags do anyway. Check out these mesh bags. Not only do they hold a ton, but they fit in your purse or bag without taking up practically any space. Oh, and they are super cute!
Invest in a Reusable Coffee Cup
Morning coffee stops are a routine for so many people. Investing in a reusable cup can help eliminate a ton of waste. Some places will even give you a discount for bringing your own cup! The KeepCup is one of the most popular options available.
STOP buying bottled water
Plastic water bottles are a huge polluter when it comes to plastic. Buy a reusable water bottle and break this habit. Buy a filtration system for your tap if you must. Just stop buying water that you can easily get other ways. Selling 24 packs of bottled water for less the $5 should be illegal. This is doing nothing but harming us.
Take-away Food Containers
This is a tough one. No one wants to carry around their own food container to put their leftovers into while at a restaurant. However, nowadays you can buy silicon collapsible food storage containers that easily fit into your bag.
Plastic silverware have always been the norm when it comes to get togethers and casual holidays. Why not try an alternative such as products made from bamboo or hemp? This bamboo cutlery is the perfect alternative for your next get together.
Avoid Plastic Food Wrap in the Household
Saran wrap has always been a staple in households. We haven’t really had an alternative, until recently. If you haven’t yet heard of Beeswax Wraps, they are worth checking out. The work just as well as saran wrap and can be used over and over again.
Avoid Plastic Food Wrap in Stores
Buy items in grocery stores with the least amount of packaging. Try to buy in bulk if possible. Bring your own bags for produce. Reusable produce bags are a great way to help with this!
Use Plastic Free/ Biodegradable Alternatives for Everyday Items
So many products have plastic free and/or biodegradable alternatives other then the ones already mentioned. Some items to check out include: Bamboo Toothbrushes, Biodegradable Cotton Swaps, Floss, Trash Bags, Dog Waste Bags, Shaving Razors, Diapers, Coffee Filters, Keurig K-Cup Filters, Balloons, Dish Sponges, etc.
Boxes instead of Bottles
Whenever possible, look for cardboard box packaging as an alternative to plastic bottles. For example, laundry detergent. Many products have alternative brands that favor non plastic packaging.
Support Businesses that Commit to Sustainable Packaging
Many business go out of their way to use sustainable packaging. It’s more expensive then traditional plastic packaging, but it does make difference and it steers people in the right direction and spreads awareness. All of our packaging at Bamboodee Co is made from recycled materials and is either recyclable or biodegradable.
While changing habits doesn’t come easy, it can be done. Don’t feel guilty if you forget your plastic bag or forget to say ‘no’ to a straw. It takes time. Getting started it what is most important.
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Our bamboo straws are 100% biodegradable. These along with our straw sleeves are all handmade in Northen Thailand. No factories or chemicals are used in the production process. We take pride in supporting locals through giving them an opportunity to earn additional income. You can read more about our story here.