1. Nix the gum
Did you know that gum is made from a synthetic rubber (aka plastic)? That’s right – you’re chewing on synthetic rubber, also known as polyethylene and polyvinyl. Not only does that sound unnatural and harmful to your health, but 80-90% of the gum that humans chew is not disposed of correctly. Gum is actually the 2nd most littered substance after cigarettes and similarly, is not biodegradable.
2. Opt for cardboard laundry detergent
When shopping for household items like laundry detergent, opt for a brand that uses cardboard packaging. These are much easier to recycle than large plastic containers. Bonus tip: skip the store-bought, often chemically laden detergents and make your own!
3: Shop the bulk bins
Chances are high that you have at least one grocery store in your area with bulk bins. We love Sprouts and Whole Foods for this especially! Shop for your cereals, nuts, rice, flours and more in the bulk bins! Not only should this save you money, but spares the unnecessary packaging. Bonus tip: bring your own refillable bags to store your bulk bin goods vs using the single use plastic bags at the grocery store.
4. Decline plasticware with your to-go orders
The next time you order something to-go or for delivery, kindly let the restaurant know that you do not need plasticware. Often, a restaurant will include plastic forks, knives, and spoons that don’t get used and end up improperly disposed of. We can easily make an impact by letting the restaurant know that we do not need this – either verbally or in the “notes” section of your next UberEats order.
5. Ditch your plastic storage containers
It’s time to say goodbye to your flimsy plastic food containers that are not only harmful to your health, but to the planet. Recycle all of your old plastic food containers and opt for glass instead. There are so many affordable glassware sets or stainless steel containers that are BPA free, dishwasher safe, and will last you a lifetime. Another option is to use mason jars to store your leftovers!
6. Upgrade your razor
An easy way to reduce your plastic usage is to elevate your shaving game with a reusable razor. We sincerely hope you’re already doing this, with incredible brands like Dollar Shave Club, but for those of you still using plastic disposable razors – it’s time for an upgrade.
7. Say no to styrofoam
In our hometown of San Diego, styrofoam was recently banned. But we know that isn’t the case for many cities in the US. Styrofoam is a horribly toxic substance to our planet and every year millions of styrofoam products end up in landfills and oceans. The next time you dine out and think you will bring home leftovers, bring your own small to-go container. We’re thankful that so many restaurants are upgrading their to-go containers, but a large majority of them are still using styrofoam products.
9. Pick up litter in your local area
In order for us all to make a positive change for our planet, we need to be willing to do what most won’t. The next time you’re strolling through your neighborhood or walking your local beach and see trash, pick it up. This simple act can not only save wildlife and the environment, but it can have a ripple effect on others who see you stepping up. We encourage you to take a few short moments to pick up litter in your local area.
We hope that these 9 tips help give you motivation and inspiration to reduce your plastic consumption. The entire team at Boochcraft is passionate about the environment and we pride ourselves in being a sustainable company. We can’t help but want to spread the word and educate others on how they can make a difference, too. If you have any questions or want to share some of your favorite sustainability tips, leave us a comment or send us a DM on Instagram!