So, news just in: plastic is bad. Like, really bad. And we use a lot of it. Sometimes without realizing. For example. I drink coffee every day. literally, every day. and I never really gave much thought to the fact that every day when I get a coffee to-go I am getting a plastic cup and sometimes a plastic straw, which, even in my unaware state, is TOTALLY contributing to the plastic problem we all face today. No. Bueno. Taren.
No. Bueno (but also, like, no need to be hard on yourself. knowledge is power, and I’m about to give you a shit-load of power.)
"But I didn't know we had a plastic problem"
Totally cool, and no shame. Lemme give you a little rundown of whats happening on our planet. These are just a few of my favorite, horrifying plastic facts. For more check out this handy dandy fact sheet.
Humans buy about 1,000,000 plastic bottles per minute in total. Plastic bottles take around 450+ years to decompose, and only about 23% of plastic bottles are recycled within the U.S.
About one trillion single-use plastic bags are used annually across the globe. That’s nearly 2 million every minute.
Half a million straws are used in the world every day. Straws take Upwards of 200 years to decompose.
40 percent of plastic produced is packaging, used just once and then discarded.
Single-use-plastics frequently do not make it to a landfill or are recycled. A full 32% of the 78 million tons of plastic packaging produced annually is left to flow into our oceans; the equivalent of pouring one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute. This is expected to increase to two per minute by 2030 and four per minute by 2050. By 2050, this could mean there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans
Okay, so.. if you are anything like me, all of this (which is just scratching the surface really) is really overwhelming. But, good news! There are a few simple ways to reduce your single-use plastic usage and create a more sustainable future for you and our planet!
4 Ways To Reduce Your EVERYDAY PLASTIC USE
1. Get on the Reusable Mug Bandwagon
I have two of these Stanley mugs because, well, one in the car and one in the sink. I basically buy coffee every day, and every shop I’ve ever been to will serve it to you in your own mug. I’ve DRASTICALLY cut back on my single-use by bringing my own mug with me. If you want some sweet suggestions check these out!
2. Ditch the Disposable Cutlery
Instead of feeling bad every time I got lunch out, I started keeping a set of HumanGoods reusable cutlery in the glovebox of my car. One more easy step toward sustainability.
4. Say Yes To Metal Straws!
The first time I said “I’ll just have a water. No ice, no straw please.” I felt pretty silly. But the more accustomed to it, I became the more proud I felt. Now, along with my reusable cutlery I keep a metal straw in my glovebox so any time I order an iced drink to go I have the option of using a straw!
Do you have any quick tips for sustainable living? Drop them in the comments!
+ For more ideas on how to create a sustainable lifestyle, check out these lists! +