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5 easy ways to cut down on plastic

· Environment,Travel

If throughout the day today, you made a conscious effort to notice the amount of plastic you see just going about your every day life, I’m sure you’d be shocked. I know I was when I started to notice it. We use plastic all the time, it’s absolutely everywhere. It’s so engrained in our lifestyles that it’s very hard to avoid completely, but there are some easy ways to cut down.

It takes thousands of years for plastic to decompose, making it hugely dangerous to our environment since our production of plastic is increasing year on year. Our throwaway lifestyle means that most of the plastic that we use, doesn’t get used for very long. Instead it gets thrown away and ends up in landfill sights or in our once beautiful oceans.

There are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating around in our oceans right now, and that number is only increasing. As it all starts to decompose, it breaks apart into tiny particles that get consumed by fish, and carried up the food chain. Since plastic is made of either natural products, oil or coal, one can imagine how much harm this will be doing our bodies in the long term (not to mention the poor fish).

We can of course do our part to recycle, but sadly our production of plastic in increasing at a much faster rate than our efforts to recycle. Recycling will at least ensure that the plastic that we use is used again, but this will more than likely still en up thrown away in the end. The best thing we can do to help our planet survive is to cut down our insatiable use of plastic.

If you’re completely new to this, and wondering where to start, here are my suggestions. These have been really easy to incorporate into my lifestyle so far, and looking back now I can’t imagine life without them.

Get a reusable water bottle - I’ve got a S'well Bottle from The Sports Edit, but it can be anything. Worldwide, we use 1 million plastic bottles every minute… which its just insane.

Get a reusable coffee cup - Coffee cups are an interesting one. I’ve only quite recently learnt that even though they’re paper, they’re obviously lined with plastic which makes them really hard to recycle. I got a Keep Cup that comes everywhere with me, most coffee shops will offer discounts for having one.

Take your own cutlery everywhere - No more plastic cutlery!

Refuse plastic straws - if you think about it, they’re not really necessary at all.

Reusable shopping bags - bring one everywhere with you, I keep one in my bag at all times.

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