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On the Path of Going Plastic Free

It is no secret that plastic waste pollutes our cities, forests and especially seas and oceans. It’s a frightening fact that every single piece of plastic ever made still exists somewhere on this planet. Whilst we treat plastic as a disposable material, it’s actually indestructible and takes hundreds to thousands of years to disintegrate.

Whether plastic waste ends up in landfill, the countryside or the sea, it has devastating effects on wildlife and marine life, who either get entangled, or mistake it for food and choke or starve.

It is estimated that plastic kills over 100,000 marine animals and one million marine birds a year.

Here are top 10 habits that you can adopt today to eliminate plastic use. This move will help to save the organisms and the environment over a period of time.

Disposable masks are made of plastic and are only made for one time use. Hence, opt for cloth masks as it lasts longer and saves the environment.
  1. Use cloth face masks
Avoid using a plastic bag. Instead start keeping a cloth bag in your bag when you go shopping.

2. Bring your own shopping bag

Use stainless steel cutleries when you take away food

3. Carry your own stainless steel cutleries

Pack any meals or snacks in reusable containers.

4. Pack lunch in reusable containers

Compostable plastic bag that degrades within 3-6 months

5. Use compostable plastic bag

A coffee cup to take away your morning coffee

6. Use a thermos flask/ coffee cup to take away your coffee

7. Hold a health talk on micro plastics and its impact on the environment

Organic materials will decompose over time and will not leave traces of microplastics in nature

8. Shop sustainably and ensure presence of plastic free labels on products

Cloth sanitary pads instead of the scented plastic ones

9. Use plastic free sanitary products

All toiletries made of bamboo to reduce plastic usage. On top of it, bamboo grows rapidly hence the supply is constant.

10. Use bamboo based products like cotton buds and toothbrush

Last but not least, share these tips with your family and friends to make this world a better place.

Most plastics will linger in the oceans and land for hundreds of years even after we have died.

1. Go Plastic Free: Why and How. North Carolina State University.

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