People often do not see pollution in their cities, especially during the warmer months. When it is warm, there are a lot of people outside and our attention tends to bounce from human to human, or the lovely colors of summer, spring and fall. Yet, come winter, we start noticing plastic bags hanging off every branch of every tree. They have probably been there for at least a year, in the case of some bags, much longer than that.
Plastic presents a real problem for the environment, even though it is a very useful material. Can we fight against the use of that much plastic in everyday life? We can, and here is how!
Reusable Bags – Take One With You
Plastic is not the only thing which is polluting the environment. People who go shopping often tend to not carry the necessary bags to put all their stuff in, so they end up getting paper or plastic bags at the store. Either doesn’t help the environment, but plastic is much worse than paper. To solve this, simply bring a bag with you, preferably one made out of cloth. If you lack such a bag and are unwilling to purchase one, take your old clothes and make a bag out of that. It would be an engaging activity, as well as a useful one. Reusable bags are the only kind worth using.
Reusable Bottles – Washing is Better than Buying Another One
Bottles are another huge factor as to why the environment is polluted. Everyone buys bottles of water, whether they are tourists or people on a hot, sunny day. Some purchase water because of the convenience of being readily available, while others do not mind carrying their replacement bottle and refilling it. The best thing to use is glass. Glass bottles last longer and pollute much less. They can be washed and reused. The next time you think of purchasing a plastic bottle, don’t. Purchase a glass one and carry it with you at all times.
Avoid Vanity Plastic Items
People like purchasing everything from toys to items they like. If the item in question is not made out of plastic, then purchasing it shouldn’t be an issue. Avoid various plastic toys and other items which are made out of plastic but serve the purpose of catching the eye of a vain or greedy person.
Educate Other People – Sort Out Your Trash
If your town has a recycling center or special bins for plastic, be adamant and put only plastic in that bin. If you get the change, educate other people around you about the benefits and consequences of constantly using plastic.
The best way of fighting plastic is by not using it. There are many ways and alternatives to using plastic, all of which are better for the environment. Use alternatives, reusables and educate others to do so as well and you will do your part for the environment.