Plastic can be found everywhere these days, and it seems almost impossible to live without having to use all sorts of things made of plastic. We may not be able to get rid of all the plastic items that surround us, but we can at least try to eliminate them as much as possible. This is why, in this article, we will show you how to avoid the plastic in your everyday life.
Avoid the worst plastics
You may not know this, but any plastic container has a number on the bottom that will tell you what the plastic is made of and where it can be recycled. The numbers are from 1 to 7 and their signification is the following one:
#1 – polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) – used for water bottles, soft drinks, ketchup and salad dressing, peanut butter and so on
#2 – high-density polyethylene (HDPE) – used mostly for milk, yogurt and margarine tubs, cereal box liners, and grocery, trash and retail bags
#3 – polyvinyl chloride (V or PVC) – a very toxic plastic and is the 2nd most commonly used in the world. The plastic contains dangerous additives and is used in plastic wrap, some squeeze bottles, or children’s toys.
#4 – low-density polyethylene (LDPE) – used for bread and frozen food bags and squeezable bottles
#5 – polypropylene (PP) – margarine tubs
#6 – polystyrene (PS) – used in disposable dishes, Styrofoam, plastic cutlery, take-out food containers, egg cartons and so on. This plastic contains styrene, which is toxic to the brain and nervous system.
#7 – other (usually polycarbonate) – this plastic contains bisphenol A and is linked to numerous health issues. This plastic is used to make baby bottles, kid’s sippy cups, sports water bottles and so on.
As you can see the most dangerous one are #3, #6 and #7, therefore you should avoid them as much as you can.
Use your own shopping bags
Think about all the damage caused by the plastic bags that are usually not recycled and get in the landfills or in the environment. Therefore, try to replace the plastic bags with reusable bags. They are made from synthetic materials and you can choose from various models available on the market. Carry them in the car, purse or coat and use them whenever necessary.
Give up bottled water
Try as much as you can to give up bottled water. The plastic can leach chemicals into the water and alter its composition and quality. As an alternative, you can fill up a stainless steel bottle with filtered tap water and take it with you.
Use non-plastic containers
Replace the plastic container with those made of wood, stainless steel or glass. Take your time and remove all the plastic containers from your house and look for alternatives that are both healthier and more attractive. If you want things to be different, then you should know that the change must start with you.
Buy in bulk
This mentality is becoming more common among people and it’s a good option if you want to eliminate the plastic from your life. Therefore, almost everything that comes in plastic packaging can be shopped in bulk, from food and drink to personal care products.
Avoid frozen foods
All frozen foods come in plastic or a form of plastic and that’s why they all should be avoided. So, eliminating this bad habit, not only will help you have a plastic free life, but it will also make you eat fresh food and prepare various tasty meals. This may be the beginning of a healthier life.