Can we avoid plastics?

This is the question that most people are asking nowadays:

Can we live without consuming plastics?

Our answer is simple: absolutely yes!

Of course, we will have to learn how we can reduce the consumption of plastics and where we can buy unwrapped products.

It won’t be easy to change our everyday habits and for sure it will take some time, also because the plastic that is already in our houses and offices will have to be somehow disposed of.

We can manage it… it’s only a matter of goodwill.

We may take inspiration from the philosophy of decluttering, according to which if we get rid of unuseful items or clutter, we magically gain clarity of mind and creativity, with the result of bringing oxygen to our brain. So, stop buying plastic bottles and containers and start finishing up the ones that you bought already. In the meantime, collect information on alternative measures you can easily take.

Some brands help us reduce plastics.

Body care

Lush Fresh Hand-made Cosmetics, for instance, gradually produced “naked” products, that is to say products without any plastic packaging: from facial oils to lipsticks, from shampoo and hair conditioner to shower gel, even toothy tabs and mouthwash tabs!

Lamazuna is a French ecolonomic brand, i.e. ecological and economical. It offers solid and compact deodorants, face cleansers, shaving soaps. Lamazuna washable cleansing wipes contribute to reduce waste in the environment: they are made in microfiber ultra absorbent cloth that can be hand washed or machine washed more than 300 times. A box containing 10 reusable cleansing wipes can last at least 3 years, during which 36 bottles of cleansing products and more than 6,500 disposable cotton wipes are saved. The eco friendly bamboo ear buds are also worth mentioning.

Bottled mineral water

Sant’Anna, a famous Italian mineral water manufacturer, produced a special bio-bottle, made out of a particular sugar polymer. Once the bottle is empty, simply remove the label and the bottle cap, unfortunately still made of plastic, and put the bottle in the organic garbage container. It will take 80 days to be naturally disposed of.  

What else can we do?

Obviously there are other measures we can take to try and reduce the use of plastics in our everyday life.

When you go shopping:

  • always take a reusable, folding cloth shopping bag with you 
  • shop your local farmers market, i.e. according to your real needs and again taking reusable shopping bags with you 
  • shop stores that sell foods and other products from bulk bins and allow you to use your own bags or containers

At work:

  • take your own ceramic mug and/or glass in the office 
  • keep your own reusable foodware at the office
  • take your own food containers from home, and if you opt for a take-away lunch, ask the waiters to use your own food storage containers
  • give up plastic pens and markers and use natural pencils instead, better if they can be planted once they have been consumed

As you can see, there are alternative ways, even if it looks like we have a long way ahead. Somewhere and somehow, however, we need to start and change our habits, the sooner the better. Remember that we may change the world starting with small actions, we do not necessarily have to wait for others to start a radical change. 

“Be the change you want to see in the world”.
(Gandhi)

Photo by John Cameron on Unsplash

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