Eco-Friendly Materials To Use When Boycotting Plastic

Plastic production has massively surged over the past 50 years. Today, plastic is a widespread inexpensive disposable product, which might offer ease and convenience but has a devastating effect on the environment.

Regardless of plastic’s durability, reusability, and sustainability, it is drastically polluting the planet – damaging the land, wildlife and destroying the marine ecosystem.

Just like several technological and chemical developments, plastic also has its adverse effects. The wide use of plastic is due to its durability and longevity, but the same features are the reasons it is damaging the planet.

The micro-organisms transmitted from the waste plastic to the water and landfills eventually end up in the food and water we consume. The micro-plastics ingested by us every week equate to eating a credit card.

This unconscious consumption of plastic particles further leads to various diseases like cancer. Furthermore, the incinerated plastic increases carbon emissions and contributes to climate change and lung diseases for humans.

Boycott Plastic Today – Switch To Eco-Friendly Materials

Considering the terrifying after-effects of plastic usage and the constantly deteriorating environment, it is high time that we boycott plastic. The ultimate way to do so is by replacing plastic materials with other eco-friendly options. Many countries have already taken the initiative to reduce their plastic production and usage.

They have also developed new policies to make the population comply with it more effectively. As a result, these policies have helped the US reduce over 85% of plastic bags consumption in Washington so far.

To play your part to bring about a positive change for the sake of the planet and your loved ones’ life, you can boycott plastic and mindfully replace it with alternatives that include:

Bioplastic Granules Made From Olive Pits

Olive pits are a byproduct of olive oil. Five tons of olive pits can be recycled and used to produce around 3.5 tons of bioplastic. This bioplastic can be used to manufacture crockery, cutlery, and other disposable objects.

Resin-Made Products

Resin is one of the most trending materials in the market. This is because so many startups are creatively using resin for making home décor, cutlery, crockery, and more. It’s a strong bioplastic material but natural and eco-friendly, making it a worthy replacement for plastic.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is an excellent replacement for plastics. The best thing about stainless steel items is that they are unbreakable, can last a very long time, and you can easily wash and clean them rather than throwing them away.

Silicon

Using silicon bags, boxes, and stretchable lids can substantially reduce plastic waste. It’s light in weight and allows the easy and safe carriage of liquid products.

Edible Spoons, Forks, And Chopsticks

Edible spoons made of flour, chocolate, oats, and other solid edible materials perfectly replace plastic cutlery. They leave nothing behind to rot or damage the environment.

Bamboo Products

Solid plastic materials are usually hard to replace, but bamboo is the answer for solid materials like toothbrushes, hair brushes, containers, chairs, tables, and many other similar objects.

Cotton And Wool (Cloth Fiber)

Try using fiber that is highly convenient and cheap for anyone. Cloth is highly reusable and doesn’t leave any damaging effect on the environment. Using cloth bags is the best bet for reducing plastic bags usage.

The Take-Away

Eco-friendly products are primarily natural, like vegetable starch, cloth, cotton, beeswax wraps, butter paper, brown paper, resin, bioplastics, fiber, and more. In addition, using compostable and easily degradable products is a great way to avoid the use of plastic.

It is essential to make conscious decisions to altogether boycott plastic and switch to better and safer products – products that would not harm your health, the environment, and the planet.

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