Break the Plastic Habit: 5 Easy Tips to Less Waste

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Reducing your plastic usage is one of the best ways to eliminate waste and protect the environment! Here are 5 easy ways to start breaking your plastic habit.

Becoming more self-sufficient is important if you want to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. But don’t forget to look for opportunities to reduce waste and help protect the environment!

It’s not just about living off-grid or finding more efficient sources of energy. Sustainable living also means taking responsibility for the mark you leave on the planet.

One big mark that many of us leave is in the form of trash – particularly plastic. Most of us use numerous types of plastic every single day – and much of it gets thrown away.

Did you know that some forms of plastic will take hundreds of thousands of years to biodegrade?

Recycling is a good idea, but not all forms of plastic are recyclable, and recycling uses energy and can produce undesirable byproducts. A much more responsible step is to reduce your plastic usage in the first place.

Here from The Rogue Ginger is Erin to share 5 easy tips to help you break the plastic habit and cut back on your daily plastic usage:

#1. Say “No” to plastic lids.

Does your morning not start until you have had your coffee on the way to work? Like to keep warm with a takeaway chai? Next time the need for a takeaway hot beverage comes knocking ask for no lid.
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Plastic lids easily end up on busy streets creating unwanted pollution. If you are a daily take away coffee drinker saying NO to a lid each day could save up 20 bits of plastic from entering your life and the environment each month.
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#2. Skip the straw.

Saying NO to plastic straws takes practice and if you don’t remind the waiter you might end up with a useless plastic stick in your drink. Yuck!

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#3. Opt out of disposable packaging.

Packaging is one of the most frequent perpetrators of plastic in our lives…. The best way to remedy this is to take your own reusable containers and bags. Here are a couple of tips…
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#4. Carry reusable bags.

Many supermarkets now offer their own reusable bags…. I also carry a fold up bag in my handbag for moments when I need a bag. Human beings have been living without plastic bags for hundreds of years. Reuse a bag and let’s save our rivers and oceans from them.

#5. Get a refillable water bottle.

If you are serious about lessening the impact of plastic in your life then you will want to invest in a refillable bottle…. With a bottle tucked away in your bag you will save money and realize how silly paying for bottled water is.

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