9 Ways to Go Plastic-Free
You may have heard about a more recent scientific discovery that microplastics have been detected in human blood for the first time! Link to the study here.
Although the health implications are still unknown, the discovery does show that plastic particles are able to cross membranes and spread into organs.
It also shows that particles can latch on to the outer membranes of red blood cells and may limit their ability to transport oxygen.
This evidence supports how crucial it is that we limit our plastic intake as much as possible, for the health of ourselves and the environment!
Here are 9 ways to go plastic-free:
1. Use a Reusable Stainless Steel Water Bottle
2. Use Glass Food Storage Containers
Studies have found that chemicals in plastic can leach out and into the food and beverages we eat, especially when the plastic is exposed to heat.
Even when you choose BPA-free plastic, toxic chemicals may migrate into your food during microwaving. Glass has a non-porous surface that doesn’t absorb chemicals like plastic and can be safely washed at higher temperatures in the dishwasher.
3. Use Reusable Food Wrap
Ditch plastic food wrap and opt for reusable food wraps like beeswax.
Even food-grade silicone is a better option because it can better withstand heating and freezing without leaching or off-gassing hazardous chemicals.
4. Use a Bamboo Toothbrush and Biodegradable Floss
Make the switch to using a bamboo toothbrush with compostable bristles and bamboo/silk floss over a plastic toothbrush and traditional plastic floss!
5. Use Loose Leaf Tea and a Reusable Tea Bag
Switch to loose leaf tea and a reusable tea bag!
Most bagged tea brands contain plastic. In order for the tea bags to seal and keep their shape in hot liquid, a plastic polymer, namely polypropylene, must be added.
6. Use Laundry Detergent Sheets
Opt for laundry detergent sheets, not liquid in plastic containers.
7. Use a Bar of Soap Rather Than Liquid Soap/Body Wash
Opt for a bar of soap in the shower, when washing your hands, and even when washing dishes! You can buy a dish soap bar to wash your dishes as a plastic-free alternative.
8. Use a Wood or Glass Cutting Board
Don't use plastic cutting boards. Use wood or glass instead!
9. Use Reusable Cloth Bags
Use reusable cloth bags made from bamboo or cotton over plastic bags for groceries, produce, shopping, etc.