Unless we take action now, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050 (UN).
While this thought is:
😟. daunting; and
😟 horrifying …
we CAN do something as individuals to make a difference.
We want to help YOU take action. Start by implementing some small changes to your purchasing habits this year. Simple switches here-and-there can make all the difference.
Understand that even the smallest, most everyday plastic items can stick around for a long time. Here’s how long it takes for common-place plastics to decompose:
➡️. Plastic Bag – 20 Years
➡️. Coffee Cup – 30 Years
➡️. Drinking Straw – 200 Years
➡️. 6-Pack Rings – 400 Years
➡️. Water Bottle – 450 Years
➡️ Coffee Pod – 500 Years
➡️ Plastic Cup – 450 Years
➡️. Disposable Diaper – 500 Years
➡️ Plastic Toothbrush – 500 Years
By swapping everyday household items, you will minimize your personal plastic footprint, which in turn will help keep our oceans and waterways plastic-free.
🤔. The EPA has estimated that at least 2 billion disposable razors are thrown into the landfill every year.
🌎. Switching to a stainless-steel razor with interchangeable blades will save on excessive plastic waste, all while giving you a cleaner shave = Everyone’s a winner!
😟 Polypropylene plastic (aka #5 plastic), is the most common plastic used in the U.S. (according to the EPA). It’s used in lots of cosmetic products like chapstick tubes. Over 99% of #5 plastic gets sent to the landfill.
🌎. Switch to chapsticks that come packaged in compostable paperboard.
😟. It can take up to 500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose. The average newborn goes through 8 to 12 diapers a day.
🌎. Switch to cloth diapering. You’ll save money and the Earth will thank you!
😟. 1.5 billion toothpaste tubes are thrown out annually. They can take up to 500 years to degrade.
🌎. Switch to toothpaste tablets. They generally come in a glass container (which you can recycle or reuse!).
Sometimes, you forget your tote – and that’s ok! Here are a few tips on how you can remember your reusable bag:
🌎 Keep a disposable bag in your glove compartment.
🌎 Leave a disposable bag in your bicycle basket.
🌎. Train your brain! Leave a post-it on your door to remind you.
🌎. Make a point of putting your tote back in your purse or pocket after you’ve unpacked your groceries.
😟. Plastic lighters cannot be recycled. The residue from the lighter fluid or butane makes lighters impossible to process.
🌎. While not without their failings – in the spirit of progress over perfection – matches are the lesser of two evils with regard to the environment as they are fully biodegradable.
😟 These days most floss is usually made from nylon filaments or plastic monofilaments. Worse, the waxed versions come coated with a petroleum-based treatment.
🌎. Remember, it is small plastics like these that often get misplaced during disposal ultimately polluting our waterways and causing harm to the life that lives there! Make a switch to silk dental floss in a mini-refillable mason jar.
We could go on and on! You get the idea though. Simple, everyday changes can make a world of difference.
How many of these changes will you implement? Let us know in the comments below.