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3 Sneaky Ways to Reduce the Plastic in Your Life

Reducing plastic every day doesn’t stop at plastic water bottles! There are so many sources of plastic that we can cut out every day to reduce our plastic consumption to keep it out of landfills and waterways. Plastic will biodegrade after a while…and I mean A LONG WHILE!

Did you know…?

  • 90% of plastic bottles are not recycled (yikes)
  • It takes anywhere from 450 – 1,000 YEARS for plastic to degrade
  • 1.5 million barrels of oil are used to produce plastic bottles every year
  • There’s a floating mass of plastic garbage twice the size of Texas free floating off ¬†of the coast of California
  • 93% of Americans 6 years or older test positive for BPA – a chemical found in plastic

While these are all scary fact, we all know to not use plastic bags, bottles, or straws. BUT, what about other weird ways plastic makes its way into our lives? After going through my apartment, I found SO MUCH plastic including:

  • measuring cups (both for me and my dog)
  • packaging on literally everything
  • tampons
  • toothbrush
  • razors
  • hairbrushes and combs

The list goes on and on and on…

Some methods of reducing plastic are complicated like hair removal for example, you have to switch to wax, or laser, or just stop shaving all together (not an option for this girl), but there are also a few ways to cut it out that are so easy!

Pet Food Scoop

I’ve been using the same, cheap plastic measuring cup for Cooper’s food since I got him as a puppy two years ago. This one is SUCH an easy fix! Try a bamboo dog food scoop like this one:

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Toothbrush

This is one of those sources of plastic that you don’t even think about, yet you use it every single day. Switching to a more sustainable option like a bamboo toothbrush is an easy fix! Toothbrushes such as ones from The Green Root are a great option!

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Tampons

Ok ya’ll I’ve been wanting to jump on the Diva Cup wagon for A WHILE but I’m scared. The Diva Cup is basically a collection cup that you stuff right on up in your lady bits to catch all your unmentionable monthly fluids… that was the best way I could describe that throughly without being graphic so…sorry.

But I plan on trying the Diva Cup and doing a full review blog post. In addition to concerns about chemicals in tampons, they also produce an immense amount of waste per year. The average woman uses 240 tampons per year, which is not only a waste in plastic, but also a waste in money! Click here to check it out for yourself and stay tuned for my review post!

 

 

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