5 simple ways to avoid plastic in your daily life

5 Ultra-simple ways to avoid plastic in your daily life

We already know that plastic is no friend of nature and luckily for our environment many other options have been made available for us. Ranging from reusable tote bags to compostable packaging and even flushable pregnancy tests, there is no longer any excuse to start a positive change. 

One of the most polluted places on the planet is a tiny island paradise in the southern Pacific Ocean called Henderson. There you can see incredible sunsets, starry skies and 17 tons of plastic waste that invade the white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. Plastic pollution is immense. And almost all of it is due to our buying and consuming habits.

Small changes lead to great things. What are you waiting for? Here are 5 simple ways to avoid plastic:

1. SUPERMARKETS

Shop at local markets

Plastic doesn't disappear. It only degrades into small parts that remain in nature for centuries. If you avoid doing all your shopping in large supermarkets, you will automatically reduce your plastic consumption as almost all the produce comes in bags.

Buy from neighborhood shops and farmers' markets. You can bring a shopping cart, cloth bags or containers so that you can buy preferably in bulk.

2. LOVE LOCAL FOOD

Store products in glass jars

One way to buy food better is to buy less and more often. Take a good look at what you have in your kitchen before you buy. If you shop at markets, processed foods will disappear from your kitchen. And with them will go the plastics and quite a few health hazards.

Store food in glass containers (also for freezing). Use cloth rags instead of kitchen paper and napkins (wrapped in plastic) and the water tastes better in glass bottles than in plastic bottles.

Every minute in the world, one million plastic bottles and 40,000 coffee capsules are consumed.

3. HOMEMADE DETERGENTS

Use homemade cleaning products

If you can, buy the detergent in bulk or make it at home with vinegar. There are many tutorials on Youtube or Instagram. Wash only what you need and avoid long washings.

4. YOUR PERSONAL ECO-CARE

Go for eco-friendly skincare

You have many options for using personal care items that are completely free of plastic.

Hard bristled brushes, coffee or salt instead of exfoliating gel; soap bars instead of gel; shampoo in liters, solid shampoo bars; apple or lemon vinegar instead of fabric softener. With all these products you can stop using kilos of plastic throughout the year.

Here are some ideas!

5. PERFECTION DOESN'T EXIST

A life without plastic is impossible.

After all, a 100% life without plastic is impossible. Think about medicine, sportswear, credit cards, condoms, mobile devices and phones. And we can't live without them! What you can do is choose more sustainable options and recycle correctly. 

Above all, don’t be too hard on yourself. After all, 100 people trying to be more eco-conscious is better than just 1 perfectly eco-friendly person.

Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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