It is almost three weeks after the World environment day when we had taken vows to protect our planet earth from being polluted. This year, however, World Environment Day will look a little different. It falls at a time when the world is battling a global pandemic, something that has shifted many people’s focus away from the environment.
The spread of corona virus also prompted many shoppers to use disposable plastic items. Supermarkets and shopping malls require customers to wear plastic or latex disposable gloves, while cafes and restaurants serve food on plastic plates with plastic cutlery. In the UK, a planned ban on straws and plastic stirrers that was set to be introduced in April has been delayed until October, with officials stating that the Covid-19 outbreak has meant finding alternatives to single-use plastics is now “challenging”.
The longer run consequence of using the disposable plastic – that we know well. Here are some tips that will guide you, how to reduce disposable plastics.
Buy in bulk
When buying items that come in a plastic bottle, such as hand sanitizer, wherever possible choose a large bottle over a small handbag-sized one. It might be a little less convenient, but it will help reduce your overall plastic waste. You can also decant it into an existing smaller bottle.
Choose reusable where possible
While it might feel safer and more hygienic to use disposable items during this pandemic, stop to see if there are any alternative you can try. Take face masks, for example. You can easily buy your own reusable mask, you just need to wash it after use. It might sound like an effort, but it is more cost effective and better for the environment, seeing as you are going to be wearing it every day.
Invest in a water filter
If you are someone who drinks bottled water at home, now might be the time to invest in a water filter, or a larger water dispenser. Spending more time at home is likely to have highlighted just how much bottled water you get through, without the option of regularly refilling at the office or while out and about. Use this time to research the best and most cost-effective way to drink water at home, in a way that doesn’t harm the environment.
Avoid using supermarket’s bag; take yours
While some plastic at the supermarket might be unavoidable, such as gloves, you can still take your own cloth bags to pack your shopping into. Just be sure not to hand the bag over to the cashier and pack it yourself, so that you are the only person to handle it, and once you are at home and have put away your shopping, wash your canvas bag with regular detergent to ensure it remains germ free. Moreover, most supermarkets charge their bags which will contain their name printed. Why do you advertise their shop out of your expense?
Request eco-friendly packaging
If you are having items delivered to your home, check to see if there is a way you can make the delivery a little more environment friendly. Some grocery retailers, such as Kibsons and Del Monte, give customers the option to have items delivered in cardboard or paper bags, and many food delivery services including Zomato and Deliveroo allow you to tick a box to say you do not require disposable cutlery.