It’s no surprise that plastic has begun the process of taking our planet right out from under us. Scientists estimate that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than there are fish swimming in it!
I bet you might not know that all of the plastic that has ever been produced is still around today because of how long plastic takes to decompose (up to 1,000 years!), and that all of this lingering plastic leads to the deaths of 100,000 marine animals annually!
There are 5 simple alternatives to plastic that we can all use that will change the sails of our future forever!
- Stainless Steel Straws
The war on plastic straws is heating up as many cities and states in recent months have decided to do away with them for good. Heck, even Starbucks announced that they would ban plastic straws by 2020.
The reason for all of this action is because plastic straws are among the top 10 items that are found during beach cleanups that do drastic harm to marine life.
This is where stainless steel straws come in. By using just 1 stainless steel straw, you will reduce the use of a whopping 540 plastic straws per year! It gets even better because stainless steel straws last forever.
This means that if you use your straw for 20 years, you will have eliminated the waste of over 10,000 plastic straws!
Not only does this small item make a gigantic impact, but it also packs its green punch for under $5. You can find our favorite stainless steel straws here.
- Reusable Water Bottles
The most consumed beverage on the planet is water because… well… we kind of need it to survive. So, it makes sense that using a reusable bottle is one of the biggest ways that you can make an impact starting today.
By using just 1 reusable bottle, you are reducing the use of 167 plastic water bottles!
Also, when you use a vacuum insulated, reusable water bottle, your drink will stay colder longer which ultimately results in you drinking more water which science says can help you lose weight!
Personally, I think I own a bottle in every color that will match my outfit for the day! These are the bottles that keep me going green and that I use everyday which you can find HERE.
- Bamboo Toothbrush
The trend of using a bamboo toothbrush has grown significantly as more people are looking for new ways to become more eco-conscious in their daily lives. In fact, when someone uses 1 bamboo toothbrush, they are reducing the waste of 4 toothbrushes a year.
Now what happens to those bamboo toothbrushes when they are thrown away and replaced?
Well, you see, bamboo toothbrushes are made of 100% organic materials, so when they are disposed of, they decompose in roughly 4-6 months which is fantastic compared to the 400 years it takes for a plastic toothbrush to decompose.
If it’s about time for you to replace that toothbrush next to your sink, then you should try out these bamboo toothbrushes that my family enjoys!
- Reusable Grocery Bags
One of the biggest threats to marine life survival is the presence of plastic bags in their ecosystem. Often times, they confuse the bags with the meals they eat such as jellyfish and plankton.
Not only are they harmed by ingestion, but also by how the bags actually decompose. Plastic bags actually photodegrade which means they only decompose by exposure to light. When they finally succumb to the light, they don’t fully disappear. Instead, they transform into millions of toxic particles that take their toll on the marine life swimming in the waters with these particles.
By using 1 reusable bag, you would be replacing the use of 170 plastic bags per year which will save the lives of countless animals in the sea!
Before your next trip to the grocery store, check out these reusable grocery bags that will have you toting your weekly finds in style!
- Reusable Coffee Thermos
Do we have any chronic coffee drinkers out there? It’s about 3:26pm here as I’m typing and I can’t help but get up and brew a cup of coffee as I yawn through every word I write.
I completely changed the way I consume my coffee though when I found out that by using 1 reusable coffee thermos, I was reducing the use of over 500 coffee cups per year!
You know what makes using a reusable coffee thermos even better? Often times, if you ask a coffee shop to fill your thermos up, they will give you a discount for being eco-conscious! (Not all coffee shops do this)
I always receive compliments on my thermos when I’m out and about which you can find here!
There Is So Much More You Can Do
I hope you enjoyed these 5 simple alternatives to single-use plastic and have already started your own eco-friendly collection!
The battle for our planet can be won if we all fight together!
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