Weird Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Use
By now, we probably all know the less plastic, the better. According to National Geographic, after we’re done with plastic (most of it single-use), nearly 9 million tonnes of it flows into the oceans every single year. That’s…a lot. It’s harmful for wildlife and ocean habitats, and in the long run, it’s also harmful for you. In a world of single-use plastic (from straws to grocery bags to takeout containers), it can be hard to stop using plastic completely.
We’ll try to help.
Here are five weird ways to reduce your plastic use:
- Reuse your trashcan liner. Okay, like most of these tips, this one can only work in certain circumstances. Mainly if you’re sorting your green bin properly, recycling, and have a lot of dry garbage. If that’s the case, and there’s no odour, there’s no reason you can’t reuse the liner once your trash makes it to the larger can and/or dump.
- Buy bigger. Single-use yogurts are easy and convenient, and kids love them. But buying the large container and spooning the proper portion out into shatter-resistant glass works just as well—with much less plastic use. The same can be said for any other single-use food container.
- Reuse your bread bag. Again, this can only be done under certain circumstances (i.e. you don’t want to use it if your bread went bad and moulded). But if it’s clean, use it as a produce bag, as a doggy poop bag, to wrap produce in the fridge, etc.
- For kid parties, avoid plastic junk as giveaways. Plastic yo-yos and other toys are cheap and easy, but most kids rarely use them for over five seconds, and then they get thrown away. You could give yummy treats instead, or even paper coupons.
- Get rid of plastic water bottles. This one isn’t weird, but is often overlooked in favour of single-use bottles. By making a conscious choice to carry around a reuseable bottle, there will be no need for the plastic.
DKI Canada is the most green restoration in the country, and we are always striving for new ways to offer superior service while staying mindful of the planet we live on.
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