Our Guide to Ditching Plastic Bottles and Help Save the Environment
Sunday, 13 March 2022 | Admin
Plastic bottles are a major contributor to pollution and the destruction of our environment. It's time to ditch them and help save our planet! In this blog post, we will provide 10 tips that will help you reduce your reliance on plastic bottles and make a positive impact on the world around you. Thanks for helping us make a difference!
Why should we stop using plastic water bottles??
Plastic water bottles are a huge problem for the environment. They are made from petroleum, which is a non-renewable resource, and they can take up to 450 years to decompose. Every year, millions of tons of plastic end up in our landfills and oceans, where it does serious damage to wildlife.
Not only is plastic bad for the environment, it's also bad for your health! Studies have shown that chemicals in plastic can leach into our water and food, and that these chemicals can disrupt our hormones and cause problems with fertility, metabolism, and even cancer.
Plastic waste is a global problem, and it's one that we can all do something about, and quite easily. Plastic waste is a global problem, and it's one that we can all do something about, and quite easily. Plastic bottles along with plastic bags, straws, and utensils are some of the easiest items to give up. So let's get started and start living plastic free!
How can I live without plastic bottles?
There are many ways that you can reduce your reliance on plastic bottles and live a more sustainable lifestyle. When you look around you can see how pervasive disposable plastic is, and we all need to dramatically curtail our plastic consumption to stop the overwhelming plastic pollution on our own planet.
Disposable bottles for drinking have had much press, and we all have been encouraged to use reusable water bottles and our own reusable bags (thanks to the bag tax!), but there are so many more plastic items that we can remove from our life. The reusable bottle is the first step and dumping disposable cups. Its actually much nicer to drink your coffee in a stainless steel reusable coffee cup, and plastic straws - no need!. Ditching the plastic wrap is next, just opt for reusable wraps.
Whilst it might seem quite impossible to go completely plastic free, there are lots and lots of little steps to dramatically reduce our disposable plastic waste.
Reduce Plastic Bottles in the Bathroom
We all know the issues with buying those pesky bottles of water, but what about other areas in the house like the bathroom or kitchen? When you look around these its amazing how many single use plastic bottles are contained within them, but never fear we have 10 tips that can help you switch these out for more sustainable items.
There are so many plastic free alternatives that can help you produce less plastic waste. Elsewhere we have looked at general changes like replacing the plastic toothbrush for more eco friendly alternatives, here we are just talking about ditching all the plastic bottles in your life!
Replace Shower Gel with Body Wash Bar Soap
Shower gel comes in a small, plastic bottle that is used once and then thrown away. Body wash bars are just as effective and last much longer, plus they don't require any packaging! Its a very easy switch to go to bar soap, probably the easiest switch in the bathroom!
These solid form body wash is zero waste and will mean you can go zero plastic in your shower!
Replace Liquid Hand Soap with Bar Soap
Again, liquid hand soap comes in a tiny plastic bottle that gets used up quickly. Switch to a bar of soap and you'll use less plastic and get more bang for your buck! The environmental impact of switching personal care products to ones made from sustainable materials is huge, and so easy to do.
If you just think of all the plastic use in the shower from facial scrubs to shampoos, its easy to see how much you can ditch the plastic in the shower alone! This doesn't even consider the other plastic products which are easy to replace like those pesky plastic shower poofs and face wipes made from plastic!
Use Shampoo Bars & Conditioner Bars instead of Liquid Haircare
Shampoo and conditioner in liquid form often come in plastic bottles. A Shampoo bar and conditioner bar are a great alternatives that lasts longer and don't create any waste! These formulations have come on leaps and bounds in the last few years and whilst 3 years ago you might have had to go through the dreaded detox on your haircare routine, those days are gone!
Replace Mouthwash bottles with mouthwash tablets
Mouthwash is another product that we use once and then throw away. You can now buy mouthwash tablets that dissolve in water and are just as effective!
Replace Plastic Toothpaste Tubes with Toothpaste Tablets
Similar to mouthwash, toothpaste is often bought in a plastic tube that gets thrown away after one use. Toothpaste tablets are a great alternative that come in biodegradable packaging and last just as long!
Use Soap Nuts Instead of Plastic Detergent Bottles
Soap nuts are a natural way to clean your clothes without any harsh chemicals or toxins. They come in a small cloth bag that can be reused over and over again!
Many skincare products come in plastic bottles or jars that end up in the landfill. Look for natural skincare products that come in glass jars that can be reused or recycled!
Switch Makeup remover for Facial Cleansing Bars
Makeup remover often comes in a small plastic bottle that is used once and then thrown away. Facial cleansing bars are a great alternative to help reduce your reliance on single-use plastics!
Eco Kitchen Swaps
In the kitchen, there are many opportunities to ditch plastic and make more sustainable choices.
Replace Cleaning Bottles with Cleaning Tablets
Cleaning products often come in plastic bottles that are used once and then thrown away. Cleaning tablets are a great alternative that dissolve in water and are just as effective!
Replace Washing Up Liquid with Dish Soap
Washing up liquid often comes in a plastic bottle that is used once and then thrown away. Dish soap is a great alternative that come in biodegradable packaging and last just as long! Plus its completely biodegradable and won't harm anything in the waterways.
The Bottom Line on Ditching Plastic Bottles!
It's never been easier to go plastic free and we don't just mean swapping out to paper bags or those made from natural materials. We all know bottled water is bad, we should use our own mug and drink tap water. But hopefully our guide has shown how you can ditch plastic and go zero waste easily throughout your house!