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8 Practical Tips For Living (Much) Less Plastic

8 Practical Tips For Living (Much) Less Plastic

Bottled water, cellphone covers, even headphones – these are the types of plastic based products you may encounter often. They’re convenient, frequently used, and would take hundreds of years to break down, so it’s better to recycle them instead of throwing them away in landfills where they may help in worsening toxic pollution. There are also types of plastic that may cause harm to the human body, but they should be avoided for our own sake. Encouraging a more organic environment is the best way for us to avoid toxicity and contamination.

But how will we manage to live a life with less plastic when it’s practically all around us? Here are Eight Practical tips for living with less plastic.

1. Say no to harmful plastic

In line with a more organic environment, this entails the responsibility to avoid certain types of plastic. This means learning how to distinguish between different plastics with the number inside the recycling symbol, ranging from 1 to 7.

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If it’s marked 3, 6, or 7, then you should ditch using them as they may cause bodily harm. They’re vinyl, polystyrene, and various other types of plastics respectively that aren’t certified to be safe for reuse.

You may recycle plastics that are labeled 2, 4, and 5, which are HDPE, LDPE, and Polypropylene, as they are the safest around and are to be made most use of for human and animal consumption. 

2. Switch to reusable water bottles

Needless to say, drinking water through plastic non-usable bottles contribute to the problem. In fact, plastic water bottles are the most common trash anywhere in the world, so it’s best to switch to reusable bottles to store your water. You can go for those mugs with covers in the office or at school.

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3. Packing food in the fridge? Go for a non-plastic food boxes

There are already a lot of choices for food containers other than those plastic containers that we can readily buy from the market. There are glass containers, stainless steel food boxes (like those nifty bento boxes), that you could easily switch to.

4. Practice up-cycling

Instead of just going out with the old and in with the new, try taking what’s old and turning it into something new. You can use your old plastic items by re-implementing them and save your money on new ones at the same time.

5. Ditch the straw

Do you have any idea how many fast food chain restaurant are in the world? There are over 200 000 fast food establishments in US alone, imagine how much more there are in other places? Multiply that to the average number of straws used by all the consumers daily, then multiply that again to 365. Need we say more?

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6. Practice shopping in bulk

Schedule your groceries so that you don’t barge in the shops when you need something. Grocery stores use plenty of plastic bags when they put all of the things you bought together, so in order for you to minimize that, buy things in bulk. Also, you get to minimize packaging especially in shampoo bottles, and dish-washing bottles if you go for something large instead of the regular ones.

7. Stray away from plastic bags when shopping

Use paper bags whenever you can. Also, there are plenty of those shopping bags made from either paper of cloth as very useful alternatives as they can hold more stuff and are reusable.

8. Go around your house and replace what you can

If you can use something not made of plastic, then all the better. Replace plastic scrubbers in the kitchen with copper ones and plastic utensil with metal or wooden ones. You can also do things like switch to larger bottles of shampoo instead of using smaller ones to have less plastic to throw away. It’s all a matter of knowing which ones to keep and which to replace.

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Replacing plastic tiles for glass mosaic or marble tiles will also definitely help, because the latter is much safer than the former.

Committing to using less plastic should always be something that we should know by heart. The more plastic there are around us, the bigger the problem. They clog drains, which in turn causes flash floods.  They release harmful chemicals that could harm us and the environment, so it is necessary for us to become wise citizens and not just throw it away. They also don’t breakdown into tiny bits which is why they just stay there and occupy such a large area of our landfills. The problem may be very overwhelming but strength comes in the number of people that would join the cause, so it’s about time you ride the bandwagon.

Featured photo credit: Amirul Hilmi Ariffin via flickr.com

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Last Updated on June 8, 2018

10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

Let’s face it.  We are living in a digital age, and there is absolutely no turning back. One of the biggest influences on society these days is social media. It affects us both positively and negatively. Social media was originally designed for people to share interesting facets of their lives with their friends, but it has become so much more than what it intended to be. It is now a medium for information to pass around the globe. In many cases, people first learn about current events through Twitter or Facebook before hearing about them from conventional news sources.

We also rely on technology for nearly everything we do. People these days seem as if they can’t go anywhere or do anything without their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. They need to be in constant contact with others via electronic devices.

However, there is also a downside to be too connected to social media and electronic devices. We are too dependent on them, which make us oblivious to what we are doing to ourselves. Being too connected can have a negative effect on our lives and the society as a whole. Here are 10 true illustrations that show how our society is negatively impacted because of the use of technology.

1. Facebook is eating away at your time.

Facebook is eating away your time

    How much time do you usually spend each day on Facebook or other social networking sites? Is it hindering your productivity? Do you find yourself wasting time to a point where you don’t even know where it goes? If the answer is yes, Facebook might have eaten away at your time.

    2. We’ve become “Likeaholics.”

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    Likeaholic

      When you are posting something on Facebook, are you doing it just to see how many of your friends will give it the proverbial thumbs up? This illustration shows that some people are treating “Likes” on Facebook as if it was a drug they needed to inject into their bloodstreams.

      3. Our electronics have priority over our lives.

      priorities

        Given a choice between your dying phone battery or you dying, which will you choose? In this case, the man in this illustration chose to charge his phone over to sustain his own life. As a society, we need to be more careful of our priorities.

        4. Our devices are ruining intimacy.

        lack of intimacy

          Have you and your loved one ever spent time together where each of you is on your phone instead of communicating face-to-face with each other? Has society reached the point where we can’t even be intimate with each other without being on our phones at the same time?

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          5. Families aren’t spending quality time together.

          mother baking

            Here is a mother making holiday cookies, but what are the kids doing? They are not making cookies with their mother. Instead, every one of them has their faces buried in their own electronic devices. Television used to be what parents use to babysit their kids. Now, it’s a tablet, phone, laptop or video game that does the job.

            6.  We’d rather record someone than help them.

            drowning

              A lot is happening in this illustration. A black man is drowning and asking for help. One person has a gun pointed at him. The other person has their iPhone pointed at him and is recording the scene, but is not interested to help this man.

              7. Society is sleeping, it’s sleeping its life away.

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              sleeping your life away

                Time is money. After we have wasted the long period of time on social media, we are losing the most valuable currency we have – our time in this world.

                8.  Despite all the technology we have, we still want what someone else has.

                wanting what someone else is having

                  There’s an old saying that goes, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” This illustration shows that despite all that we have, we are still not satisfied with our lives.

                  9. Sensationalism still sells.

                  free expression

                    With the information overload that exists today, the media still looks for sensationalism. Here’s a woman who feels she has something important to say, but the media only cares about her because she is naked. Would the news media still have microphones in front of her if she wasn’t standing there topless?

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                    10. In the end, with all of this, we are still killing the planet.

                    gun to mother earth

                      This last illustration argues that despite all of our technological gains, we are still polluting the earth as if we have a virtual gun pointed at Mother Nature. As we build bigger cities and higher technology, how much more damages can we continue to do before putting our lives at risk?

                      Featured photo credit: Michael Summers via flickr.com

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