4 Ways To Be Zero-Waste
Earth Friendly Alternatives To Single-Use Plastics
How many times a day are you using single-use or throw away plastics? From the time you wake up until you go to bed, you’re surrounded with the convenient option to choose disposable plastics.
Sadly, a lot of that plastic ends up in our oceans, harming wildlife, or releasing toxic compounds into the atmosphere as it sits in a landfill. So, how do you make a difference in the plastic pollution? A great way to start is by working towards a zero-waste lifestyle.
- Switch your toothbrush.
Every year, 1 billion toothbrushes are thrown away, just in the United States. Have you ever noticed that your toothbrush is made almost entirely of plastic? Plus, the American Dental Association recommends getting a new toothbrush every three months. At that rate, if you’re still brushing your teeth at 75, you’ll throw away 300 toothbrushes in your lifetime (then, remember that there are over 300 million people in the United States living with the same recommended guidelines, yikes!). Plus, that’s not even considering the toothbrushes that get dropped on the bathroom floor or left behind at the hotel and need replacing early.
Not that we don’t think your dental health is extremely important, we do, we love fresh breath. We just firmly believe in considering a greener alternative to plastic toothbrushes.
- Biodegradable Toothbrushes: MABLE makes bamboo toothbrushes, that are almost entirely biodegradable. They use sustainably harvested bamboo to make non-toxic, naturally antibacterial toothbrushes. The only part of the brush that isn’t biodegradable are the bristles. However, their bristles are made from non-toxic, BPA-free nylon, that can be easily and quickly plucked out and recycled at select recycling facilities. They have a variety of toothbrushes for adults and kids!
Trying to pack a lunch without plastic can be difficult for many people. The single-use plastic snack bags are convenient sure, but so painfully wasteful. Plastic containers may seem harmless for packing food in as long as you aren’t microwaving it, however just because a container says it’s BPA-free doesn’t mean it’s safe to use, let alone wrap your food in. There is a long list of endocrine disruptors that haven’t been evaluated thoroughly by the EPA and therefore aren’t being regulated in their use of plastic products.
Sustainable Snack Bag: Wave goodbye to plastic snack and storage bags. Stasher bags are here to stay, literally, you can re-use them time and again! Wait, before you mention their long lifespan sitting here on Earth there a few things to note. Stasher, like Silipint, uses 100% food-grade, platinum cured silicone that is free of BPA, BPS, phthalates, lead, and other harmful toxins to make their silicone bags. There is nothing within this quality silicone to be leaching out into our environment or in your food! Instead of buying many items over and over again, a few different sizes of Stasher bags will be all you need.
- Also, like Silipint, if you’re ever done using your Stasher bag you can send them back to the company and they’ll recycle and repurpose them for you. Find a variety of sizes for snacking, storing, freezing, and even cooking! You can easily put them in the dishwasher or quickly hand wash them for re-use.
- Green Lunch Box: So, we know not every lunch can go in a bag, but skip the plastic containers! Ecolunch Box makes stainless steel and glass lunch containers. Also, instead of using plastic lids, they’ve switched to 100% food-grade silicone lids which are safe for the freezer, microwave, and dishwasher. If you’d rather get stainless steel, but need something microwave-safe just pack a Silipint Squeeze-a-Bowl with your lunch for a safe microwavable bowl.
Whether you’re picking up your morning joe, just trying to stay hydrated during the day, or grabbing a smoothie at lunch, it’s important to bring your own cups, lids, and straws everywhere you go.
Recently, a study was published in TIME that found in a test of 250 water bottles, Microplastic contamination was present in more than 90% of the samples. Meaning, small plastic particles were found in the water from being in plastic bottles, which you would typically be ingesting.
- Earth-Friendly Coffee Cups: Silipints are a sustainable alternative to bring to any coffee shop for your beverages. They insulate hot and cold, are non-porous and free of BPA, BPS, phthalates, lead, and other toxins found in petroleum-based plastics. Plus, you only need one because it will last you a lifetime. If you ever want to part with your Silipint, you can send it back to us and we’ll make sure it’s properly recycled.
- Greener Coffee at Home: If you like to brew your coffee at home, we just have to ask, are you using a Keurig? If so, consider reading our blog, Going Green in the Office, to see some of the devastating statistics on K-Cups, and sustainable alternatives you could look into, including considering a French Press.
- Say No to the Plastic Lids and Straws: Choose Sili-Straws and Silicone Travel Lids instead! Those plastic straws do more damage than you could possibly imagine. This National Geographic article explains the detrimental effects straws have made in such a short period of our history.
- Need a bigger water cup?: If you’re a big water drinker, grab one of our newest Silipints, the 22oz Bomber. A 16oz Silipint is also a great choice and is versatile enough to hold any beverage. Leave a Silipint in your car and at your office with a Silicone Travel Lid so you never have to regrettably purchase a plastic water bottle again or use a single-use plastic, paper, or styrofoam cup!
The important thing is replacing single-use plastics that you drink your coffee, smoothies, sodas, and festival beverages in. Bring your own reusable Silipint, it will last you a lifetime and if it ever does end up in a landfill, there are no toxins within it to leach out into our atmosphere.
Talk about plastic overload. There is plastic-wrapped produce, bulk ingredients, packaging, and then engulfing the groceries that you bring home. Most of that plastic isn’t accepted in your roadside recycling bin, and if you’re an eco-conscious consumer you might find one or two more uses for it before it inevitably ends up in a landfill or wrapped around innocent wildlife.
- Bring Your Own Bulk Containers: Buying in bulk is a great way to reduce food waste, so that’s awesome! But, our hearts break when we put 1 tablespoon of brown sugar into a giant plastic bag. There is a greener solution though! You can purchase bags and jars that are sustainably made and include a tare weight to make buying in bulk easy and eco-friendly!
- Bring Your Own Grocery Bags: The Water Co. is an amazing company constantly spreading the word of how important it is to replace single-use plastics. They carry many products to help replace some of the common items people use every day, one of them is a reusable bag made of washable paper that is extremely durable.
Small Steps Make a Difference
If everyone consciously made more earth-friendly decisions every day to refuse plastic and choose a sustainable alternative, we’d be leaving this world a much better place. There would be less plastic, more thriving, and a healthier atmosphere.