9 ways to reduce plastic waste at home
Plastic pollution is a number one issue for the environment. UNICEF and Austrian Development Agency have collected some tips on how you can reduce plastic consumption
Say NO to cellophane-wrapped products
Cellophane wrap is rarely recycled because it can clog machinery in recycling facilities. When it ends up in landfills or incinerators, cellophane releases highly toxic chemicals into the environment.
Look for products not packaged in cellophane. Wrap your leftovers with Beeswax wrap or other eco-friendly alternatives. Zero Waste Swaps for Plastic Wrap
Store your leftovers with silicone covers
Plastic wrap and bags cannot be recycled, ending up in the trash. and, eventually the ground or ocean!
While doing kitchen cleanup, it's common to reach for a stash of Tupperware or other plastic containers, Ziploc bags, and plastic wrap to deal with leftover food. While these materials work, they are not great form an environmental standpoint. Plastic containers are known to leech hormone-disrupting chemicals into food. A better solution is to move away from plastic altogether and find alternative ways to store leftovers: bowls, glass jars, glass containers, paper, cloth, beeswax wrap, stainless steel, ceramic crock, cooking pot, and aluminum foil. How to Store Leftovers Without Plastic
Reuse your glass jars after removing the labels
Repurpose or upcycle food jars, glassware, and even essential oil bottles and avoid a perfectly reusable container from going to waste! No need to spend time or use toxic chemicals to remove that stubborn sticky glue residue from your glass jars. The easiest way to remove labels from glass jars
Avoid tea bags and use a tea strainer
Plastic tea bags can release about 11 billion microplastics into a single cup of tea!
Even paper teabags contain a small amount of polypropylene, which makes them non-recyclable and non-compostable. Buying loose tea in bulk and using a tea infuser or strainer is a zero-waste way to enjoy a cup! Check out these 6 eco-friendly tea brands.
Make your own eco-friendly confetti
Most confetti and glitter are made from plastic. The small size of the particles makes it a particular hazard in the oceans. When it ends up outdoors it can only be removed by leaf blowers, which spreads the confetti and allows it to run into waterways. Grass clippings are usually compostable, but clippings mixed with confetti must be taken to a landfill. Try hole-punching leaves or using flower petals to create your own biodegradable alternative to confetti.
Change your plastic sponge for a natural sponge or luffa
Use natural sponges or loofahs and help to save our oceans! Most kitchen and bathroom sponges are made of plastic. With each use, microplastics shed off the sponge and into the drain, and often end up being digested by marine organisms or damaging coral reefs. Here's a look at how raw luffa sponges are made!
Extend the life of your plastic
Around 100 million plastic bottles are used and discarded every day, with 80% of them becoming non-biodegradable litter! However, if for some reason you have to purchase plastic water bottles, then it is better to reuse and repurpose them as much as possible. Instead of throwing them away, find some fun and creative ways to extend their life. Save money buying a reusable water bottle and end the cycle of plastic waste! 20 Ways to Reuse Plastic Bottles Instead of Trashing Them
Make your own hand sanitizer (1 cup of the rubbing alcohol, ½ cup of aloe vera, 5 drops of your chosen essential oil)
An organic, non-toxic hand sanitizer is made by blending rubbing alcohol, water, vegetable glycerin, aloe vera, and essential oils. This safe antibacterial salve is easy on the wallet as well as the environment. It must contain 60% rubbing alcohol in order to kill all coronavirus germs. Here's How You Can Make Your Own DIY, Zero-Waste Sanitizer
Switch your bottles for bars
Enrich your shower routine by switching from bottled products to more traditional bars of soap!
Sustainable hair care companies have begun to produce shampoo, conditioner, and shower gels all in bar form. It is important to be conscious of how much waste we contribute; if you wash your hair three or four times a week, we're guessing that's around once a month. Over a year, that adds up to 24 bottles, and over 10 years it's a staggering 240 - which is a lot of plastic waste. Replacing your bottled shampoo with a soap bar could have a much bigger environmental impact than you think. Why Switching from Bottles to Bars Can Help the Environment
Let's go green and save water, paper, energy, use less plastic and improve air quality.