• Wednesday, 19 June 2024

5 Easy Ways to Reduce Disposable Plastic for a Healthier Environment

5 Easy Ways to Reduce Disposable Plastic for a Healthier Environment
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SEAToday.com, Jakarta - The Climate Integrity Center has revealed a shocking truth: most of the plastic labeled as recyclable is in landfills or oceans. Citing The New York Times, SEA Today outlines 5 actionable tips for SEAtizens to break free from disposable plastic habits:

1. Reuse, Don't Replace

According to Jeremy Gregory, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Climate & Sustainability Consortium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, accumulating reusable items only increases our carbon footprint. Instead, hold onto and reuse what you already own for as long as possible. Do your research before buying, and resist the urge to chase trends.

2. Plan Your Needs and Group Purchases

Disposable plastic is often used for trash liners at home. Explore alternatives to break this habit. Ordering goods online frequently involves more plastic packaging. Start grouping purchases from retailers. Additionally, cook more often than order food.

3. Carry Reusable Shopping Bags

Develop a habit of packing reusable shopping bags. Keep a tote bag in your trunk for easy access. This is the best way to avoid disposable plastic at stores. Additionally, bulk bins can be used to replace plastic bags.

4. Pack Travel Mugs and Water Bottles

Try using a travel mug instead of buying disposable products. Additionally, make coffee or tea at home to save money and reduce waste. Although paper cups appear recyclable, they have a plastic lining to prevent leaks.

5. Explore Solid or Powdered Versions

Solid and powdered forms of hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, and detergent often come in plastic-free packaging and are another way to reduce plastic. Additionally, products packaged in cardboard boxes can be one of the options.

The global plastic pollution crisis requires collective action. Reducing its use may not be the most impactful step we can take. As individuals, SEAtizens need to maintain this good perspective to reduce our carbon footprint more significantly.

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