8 ways to use less plastic

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While It's practically impossible to eliminate plastic from modern life, there are a number of steps we can take right now to cut the usage of plastic materials.

Uday Kumar

Don't Rely on bottled water

Drink Tap water Instead of relying on bottled water.

Water from plastic bottles has about double the microplastic level of tap water on average.

Therfore, Unless your tap water is contaminated with harmful elements such as lead, it’s probably te best to drink tap water.

When you go out, Use a Reusable metal bottle when you go out!

You can always filter out the tap water with several types of filter available in the market to get purified water.

No Plastic bottles

Don't Microwave in Plastic

Do heat your food in or on the stoves instead of using plastic in Microwave.

Some heated plastics have long been known to leach chemicals into food.

So, If you are warming up food, use a pan in the oven or ont he stove, or If you are microwaving, use a glass container. 

Also, avoid putting plastics in the dishwater because of the high heat involved in cleaning.

stove

Don't store food in plastic

Always store the food in glass, silicone, or foil and Never store food in plastic; especially that may contain harmful chemicals.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has said that plastic food containers with the recycling codes 3, 6,, and 7 may contain potentially harmful chemicals, unless they are labeled ” biobased” or “greenware”. Don’t store food in these types of containers. Instead, use containers made of glass or silicone, or wrap your food in aluminium foil.

If you are storing food in plastic containers, be aware that the plastics with recycling codes 1 and 2 are more likely to be recyclable though they are usually recycled into lower quality plastics.

 

No Plastic Container

Don't rely on processed food wrapped in plastic

Eat fresh food as much as possible and minimize consuming processed food wrapped in plastic. By doing this, you are not only Improving your health standards but also protecting the nature from harmful plastic wastes.

The more processed or packaged a food is, the higher the risk that it contains harmful chemicals.

Buy Fresh fruits or vegetables from supermarkets and use refillable containers.

Take cloth, not plastic reusable bags to the store to take your groceries home.

fresh food

Don't allow household surfaces to get dusty

Do Vaccum regularly.

The dust in your house could be loaded with microplastics and chemicals that are found in plastic, such as phthalates.

Cleaning up dust may help reduce the amount of platics you inhale, especially if you are stuck inside for long periods of time during a period of social distancing.

Vacuum cleaning

Don't assume your impact is limited to what you do in your personal life

Legislation to limit the use of single-use plastics and plastic production may pull the biggest levers, but joining forces with community-level recycling groups can truly make a difference.

Look for Zero-waste groups, which can offer guidelines for how t o recycle or compost all your garbage, and which lobby for local rules that can restrict throwaway items.

 

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