Why you should reduce your plastic waste and work towards a plastic free life
We are living in a time where linear economy is the norm - where raw materials are taken, transformed into products and then thrown away. This 'throwaway' culture has been causing destruction to our wildlife, our waters and our health, and yet we are still being convinced that convenience is what we need. We NEED the latest new gadget, even if our old one is working perfectly fine, and we NEED to have disposable cutlery at that party on Saturday night because of the convenience of not having to wash up.
What we are failing to realise is that 'away' does not exist. When we throw something 'away' it has to go somewhere. And the problem is, where things are constantly being made, used and put in the bin, we are piling up a HUGE amount of waste - more than the planet can handle. A large majority of this waste doesn't get recycled, so ends up in landfills (or worse, in the sea affecting our marine life) where a lot of it unfortunately will remain for thousands of years.
So, what can I do about it?
Ultimately, we need to work towards a more circular economy where we get as much use out of everything we use before recycling it into something else. Something simple such as refusing a plastic bag at the supermarket, or not buying that disposable cutlery for your party can make a huge difference. I understand it's hard to see the big picture when you feel like it's just you making these changes or that one plastic bag is not going to change anything. Believe me, I've been there! But there are a lot more people out there on the same journey as you, and it's totally worth it!
For example, if every person on the planet changed a small everyday item in their life like their toothbrush from a plastic one to a more eco-friendly alternative, that is over 7 billion plastic toothbrushes we have avoided from being left on the planet for thousands of years!
As much as I'm sure we'd all like to, we won't go straight to being 100% plastic free overnight. It is a journey which isn't always an easy one. There will be hurdles along the way, but we can do this! Every small change makes a difference. Below are some tips to help you get you started on reducing your usage of single use plastics:
Start with the easy stuff - things that don't affect your habits at all (i.e. picking loose fruit and veg at the supermarket instead of pre-packed)
Look at rooms inside your home and see where you use single use plastic
When you've established your list, you don't have to go out and buy replacements for all of it straight away. Start small and work your way up
The most important one - Don't throw away all of your plastic items that can still be used to buy a plastic free alternative! Before you swap, use up what you have or reuse first where you can.
Why is Eco-Sal different?
At Eco-Sal, I wanted to create a place where people would feel comfortable asking questions and could find everything they were looking for in one place for their journeys to a plastic free life. Below are the values that Eco-Sal strongly believes in: