4 ways to reduce the use of plastic in everyday life

We believe in the power of small steps and believe that everyone can make this world a little better. The main thing is to start. Today we will tell you how to reduce the amount of plastic that we use daily. Try it - it's very simple.

Since the advent of fully synthetic plastic (this happened in 1907), its use has become incredibly widespread.

However, its main advantage - durability - turned out to be one of its main drawbacks. The more plastic we use, the more we harm the environment. Science magazine

provides statistics

: since 1950, more than 8.3 billion tons of plastic materials have been produced, 9% of them are sent for processing, 12% are burnt, and the remaining 79% are dumped or to make matters worse, they find themselves in forests, fields and bodies of water (if in doubt, look into any forest near Moscow).

Yes, we understand that completely abandoning plastic is unrealistic, but there are some simple ways to reduce its consumption.

They are in front of you.

Problem: The main disadvantage of plastic bags is that they are used once or twice, and then thrown away. According to Greenpeace, Russia annually produces more than 30 billion disposable packages - they can cover four territories of Moscow. As a result, they turn into 150,000 tons of plastic waste. Europe has already begun to deal with this problem.

For example, the EU adopted the directive

"On reducing the consumption of lightweight plastic bags"

- now the annual consumption of bags per person by 2019 should be reduced from 200 to 90 bags. And in 2025, each person should use no more than 40 packages per year.

What can be done: refuse to endlessly buy bags at the store and get a reusable cloth bag. It can be found both in the grocery store and in the clothing store. In addition, you can buy fabric bags at your favorite museums, bring them from your trip, or even sew them yourself.

Such a bag will last you a very long time.

Do not pack products in optional packages. For example, when buying bananas, pineapples or grapefruits, you can safely do without a plastic bag and stick the price tag directly on the fruit.

Tote bag Monki

Folding bag Reisenthel

Eco-bag Love Hermitage

Ban Tote Bag. do

Problem: the environmental friendliness of paper cups is a myth, since a cup made only of paper or cardboard will quickly get wet and leak.

It is covered with a thin film of plastic. That is why coffee cups are not recycled, but sent to a landfill. The Starbucks coffee chain alone produces four billion cups of coffee each year. True, the owners of the

network promise

that by 2022 they will create a more environmentally friendly alternative.

What you can do: you can drink coffee in a cafe using reusable ceramic cups, or buy yourself a special mug to drink coffee on the go or in the car.

Now you can find thermoses, tamblers and thermomugs for every taste. Choose environmentally friendly materials and make sure the mugs are made of non-toxic plastic - they should not contain harmful bisphenol (BPA-free). Many coffee houses will even give you a discount if you come with your own dishes. In general, everyone wins - both you and the planet.

Thermo mug Asobu - The 5Tth Avenue

Kee137Cu141 Rock Salt

Problem: usually water bottles are made of polyethylene terephthalate (PETE or PET, this is the most common type of plastic).

And despite the

numerous myths

, it is safe,

does not contain phthalates

, bisphenol-A, it can be left in the car,


and reuse. However, one must also be careful here - with frequent use, scratches can form on the surface of the bottle, in which dirt, germs and bacteria will accumulate. Washing them out is not an easy task.

PET is the type of plastic that is successfully recycled. But the problem is that in Russia separate collection of garbage and its processing is poorly developed - bottles after one use are thrown away and sent to city landfills (where they lie for a very long time).

What can be done: install a filter at home - a flow filter, working on the principle of reverse osmosis, or a pitcher. Among all the variety of filters you can find the one that suits you.

Refill bottles for refillable use. In order not to doubt that your bottle will not emit hazardous substances, choose steel or glass products. Now you can find many bottles with filters - this is suitable for those who do not have constant access to filtered water.

IKEA Water Bottle

BRITA Fill water filter bottle. am203; Go

Problem and solution: It is difficult to completely eliminate plastic, but you can stop following the principle of "used - threw away." For example, instead of disposable bags or cling film at home, use reusable bags or containers at home. They can store and freeze foods, and then wash and use again.

IKEA plastic bag



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