for today's article of my little series 'how to be more eco-friendly' we are going to be focussing on avoiding single use plastic and why it is so important.

there are alternatives for literally everthing that's made out of plastic: toothbrushes, straws, water bottles, shampoo, bags etc.
so using a non-plastic item instead isn't as difficult as it might seem at first.

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i guess you already know why plastic is so bad for us humans, wildlife and the planet in general but here's a short summary. if you're intrerested and want to learn more about this topic, you can always google it or look for videos on youtube. there are plenty of informative videos and articles out there.

plastic items take a long time to decompose. (some items take up to 200 years to completely break down into microplastics) most plastic items (if not all of them) don't decompose fully, there will still be microplastics in the end. but what's microplastics?
microplastics are tinyyy little pieces of plastic that can be found everywhere nowadays: in marine life (yes, also in the fish many people enjoy eating), in sea salt, ground water and ofc the water in plastic bottles (which is - to be honest - no surprise; we literally drink water out of a plastic item so what did you expect?) there's even microplastics in many cosmetic products which is stupid, because you really don't need them in your shampoo or makeup.
but why is this so dangerous? they mess with your homones (ever wondered why so many people nowadays struggle with hormonal imbalances?), microplastics absorb toxins from the water (which we then eat by using sea salt, fish etc.)
they destroy the ecosystem and did you know thta plastic is in fact linked to climate change? no? me neither, until i did some research for a school project.

so why not change our lives by not using single use plastic anymore? it's really not difficult, you just need some alternatives. and trust me: it will also be cheaper in the long run.

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  • use a wooden toothbrush instead of a plastic one
  • always bring a reusable shopping bag
  • don't use plastic straws: you can drink without a straw or simply buy a metal, glass or bamboo straw that is reusable (you'll also save money in the long run)
  • use shampoo bars if you can
  • use soap bars instead of liquid soap
  • have a reusable water bottle that you can fill up (you'll also save a lot of money and your health will thank you later)
  • don't buy unnecessary plastic items you know you won't use
  • this is probably the hardest tip but there are also 'zero waste' shops (or even farmers markets, they're great too and a lot easier to find) where you can buy all kinds of food without any packaging and they are usually a lot cheaper. but if you don't live in big city (i relate) it's difficult to find these shops, just do some research and if there are no zero waste shops in your area that's totally ok: just try to do as much as you can. sustainability is not a competion: some people can do more than others and that's fine. doing small things is better than doing nothing, remember that.
  • pack your lunch in reusable containers instead of plastic baggies
  • don't use cosmetic products that contain microplastics. it's better for your health anyway

as already mentioned, some people can do more of these things above depending on where you live, if you're still living with your parents etc. but the small things still count! not using plastic straws and single use plastic bottles, as well as bringing your own cup to get coffee and using a reusable bag when shopping are the easiest and one of the most effective ways to use less plastic. you got this!

lots of love, laura