Plastic is terrible at degrading and a hazardous pollutant. 70% of the plastic never gets recycled and it ends up in oceans and landfills. Plastic breaks down into microplastics and become part of aquatic life. This is how plastic has endangered sea life and causing problems for humans who eat it.
So let’s get started with some common use plastics which can be easily avoided
- Toothbrush: is some thin we dispose of every 2 months and buy a new one. It can easily be replaced by Miswaak which in simple words a soft tree branch (or a hard branch softened with moisture) which has chemicals beneficial for teeth and antibacterials. You can also fo for bamboo brushes with natural fibres.
-Water bottles Plastic water bottles make tons of plastic waste every year. They can easily be replaced by aluminium or steel bottles commonly available on Amazon or other online stores. Buy glass or clay cups for tea or coffee and always carry them to coffee shop.
Plastic straws You need to stop using these immediately. Do nake take straws at a juice shop and cafes. Use stainless steel straws or acrylic straws instead. You can carry them in your pockets.
Phone cases You cannot imagine the number of phone cases produced in the world. Just multiply the human population with some multiple of 10. Wooden cases are available on Amazon and Ali express and were worth looking into it.
Soap/toothpaste/ etc containers, trash bins, storage containers, etc, many of these can be found in glass or steel alternatives.
Office items There are many eco-friendly office brands which manufacture all kinds of office supplies with stainless steel. Jetpen is one company I am familiar with. There is another Japanese brand which is available all over Europe I can’t recall the name nut you will find it when you will look for it.
Brooms Try to avoid brooms with plastic bristles. You can find brooms of coconut skin fibres and bamboo. You can also make your own brooms with old sheets and rags.
Desk lamps Metal or wooden desk lamps are easier to find. Ikea has a lot of such amps.
So that’s all from my side, now I am all ears to hear from you guys about some creative alternatives.