8 Sustainable plastic alternatives you need to know about

- by Mubashir Moqeem
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8 Sustainable plastic alternatives you need to know about

 

Plastic has unfortunately become a staple part of all homes, offices, and workplaces. From children’s toys to kitchen cutlery, practically everything around us is in some way or the other made from plastic. This insane spike in plastic usage is becoming a massive issue and is slowly but surely contaminating and endangering our lands and oceans. In fact, plastic pollution is probably one of the greatest threats to the sustainability of our planet. 

The damage that has already been done by plastic pollution is so great that it has left no room for any further delays or procrastination. As the inhabitants of this motherland, we need to act more responsibly and think more sustainably. We need to carefully analyze the things we consume and shortlist our plastic usage as much as possible. These days we have alternatives to practically every plastic product you can think of, so switching to sustainable alternatives will not even be a laborious task.

Now I know by this point a lot of you may be eager to help with this growing plastic problem but can not understand what to do and where to start. Well, if that is correct then this article is just the thing for you. Because today we will be discussing the top 8 Sustainable Alternatives to commonly used plastic products. This will help you get a better idea of what your plan of action should be and will hopefully encourage you to start your journey to a sustainable life. 

So let us just dive right in!

1. Bamboo based kitchen utensils

Our kitchens are normally home to a variety of plastic-based products so if you are looking for a place in your home to transform into a more sustainable place, your kitchen might be the perfect place, to begin with. You can consider starting, by buying Bamboo based utensils. Also, the best thing about these utensils is that they are very convenient which means that you can easily carry them around in restaurants or even your workplace.

 

2. Bamboo and metal straws

The next thing that may need replacement in your kitchen is those plastic straws. They are incredibly awful for the environment and trust me when you throw them away, it would be nothing but good riddance! Plastic straws really are very deadly for the environment and contribute massively towards marine pollution, harm to animals, and threaten the sustainability of our environment to the core.

Good alternatives for plastic straws would be bamboo straws or those cool metal ones that you can show off amongst peers. ( I mean let’s be real, some of the designs are so cool and look so aesthetic on insta stories). Not only this, another plus point with bamboo straws is that they possess antibacterial properties that can greatly improve your oral health.

So, what do you choose? Plastic straws that endanger the sustainability of our environment and your health or bamboo and metals ones that are healthy, sustainable and so much COOLER.

 

3. Reusable Tote Bags

It is also high time you ditch plastic bags. You can easily use Tote bags instead. So the next time before you go to a grocery shop to run a few errands make sure to carry your tote bags with you to load in all the products you buy. 

Tote bags are widely available so you can conveniently purchase them from local shops and even get them online. Oh and you know what is the most fun part about these tote bags, they are usually customizable. This means that you can get your favorite quotes/pictures printed on them. This sounds pretty dope to me!

4. Coffee mugs

The next time you go to your favorite coffee shop make sure you carry your coffee mug along with you. Trust me, these coffee mugs alone can make a great difference and can protect our landfills. It is just a matter of  5 seconds to throw a mug in our bag before we leave the house and that’s it.  In the beginning, it may be hard because with our busy lives forgetfulness has become quite common but trust me it would take you just a couple of days before you get used to this new part of your routine.

 

5. Packaging

If you are a business owner then this one’s for you. Introducing plastic-free packaging in your business might be a very impactful way of reducing plastic use. And for a bonus, it might even help you attract more customers who may be looking for sustainable places to shop from.

 

6. Utensils

Unfortunately, many restaurants and food places still serve their customers food in single-use plastic products such as plastic plates, spoons, etc. The most responsible way of dealing with such places would be to simply avoid dining there. However, if this can not be done, you should consider taking your utensils along with you every time you visit that place. It is just a small gesture but it might inspire other people who dine there to carry their utensils too.

 

7. Fabric for cleaning purposes

Using single-use plastic wipes in kitchens might appear to be very convenient. Yeah sure on lazy Sundays when cleaning does not look very appealing they would even look like the best possible option. But right now we need to focus more on thinking and acting responsibly so ditching them is the only solution. You can use fabric ones instead that can be easily washed and dried and can be used multiple times. And trust me you may not realize this instantly but this will also prove to be a blessing on the pocket.

 

8. Textile Pockets and Bags

Unfortunately, many restaurants and food places still serve their customers food in single-use plastic products such as plastic plates, spoons, etc. The most responsible way of dealing with such places would be to simply avoid dining there. However, if this can not be done, you should consider taking your utensils along with you every time you visit that place. It is just a small gesture but it might inspire other people who dine there to carry their utensils too.

 

 

This sums up our list of the top 8 sustainable alternatives to plastic products. 

Let us know which one you plan on starting first to commence your journey towards a sustainable lifestyle. 

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