Seeking ways to increase energy efficiency, and decrease waste and water consumption? Plus maybe save some money and make your environmental impact easier? This article will guide you in achieving your goals.
Although recycling can greatly reduce the volume of waste in sites, waterways, and habitats, most municipal administrations may use only a few types of plastics to recycle. The proportion recycled still needs plenty of energy and water, which is simply not a good idea when it comes to products for individual use.
Mass waste that ends up in waste sites and oceans takes centuries to degrade and the chemicals they emit to the atmosphere are increasingly disturbing.
Below are 4 ways to save energy and reduce waste with plastics at home:
1. Take your thermos to the coffee shop
It is another option to minimize the environmental impact of your to-go coffee thermos. Disposable cups can seem like paper but are typically lined with plastic resin, polyethylene. These materials are recyclable in principle, but the infrastructure to do so does not exist in most countries. There are also cloves, stirrers, coffee shops that still use polystyrene foam cups – all of them in your bowl can be avoided.
2. Choose cardboard over plastic bottles and bags
In general, it is easier to recycle cardboard than plastic, plus items from paper are more biodegradable than plastic and glass. So, when you have the option to choose the pasta from a package or the detergent from the bottle instead of the pasta in a bag. It would also be easier to look for companies that sustainably supply their cardboard or have a good position on eco-friendly practices.
3. Get the plastic off your face
Most of the plastics that pollute swimming pools are microplastics, small pieces that cannot be filtered out. These plastics are mostly applied to consumer goods such as face wash and toothpaste but can be made from larger pieces. There are some biodegradable substitutes, so you can stop or plan on producing your products with “polypropylene” or “polyethylene.”
4. Rethink your food storage
Plastic baggage, plastic wrap, and plastic containers should be reassessed. Why not put a bento box or a mason jar for lunch instead of sandwich baggies? Why not just use jars or glass bottles in the refrigerator instead of tossing out a plastic zipper bag or wrap stuff in Saran wrap? When it comes to transport, these container forms are used rather than disposable ones—though it may certainly take a bit of bravery and some explanation to help your local restaurants understand you.
Saving energy by reducing the amount of plastic use in the home is one of the prominent global eco-friendly practices. Making your environment green by saving water, paper, and energy plus using less plastic improves air quality and comfortable living.