Quit Plastic: Easy Ways To Reduce Your Plastic Waste

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Over 1 million plastic toothbrushes are put into landfill per year in Australia alone.

4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes are produced worldwide.

Plastic waste that is non recyclable and does not break down causes severe damage to our environment, and in particular, our marine life.

The amount of plastic toothbrushes that are disposed of each year continues to increase and this plastic waste will not break down. This plastic continues to be placed into landfill with a large amount of the this waste spreading into our oceans and wreaking havoc on our precious marine life.

According to WWF, well over hundreds of thousands of marine animals die each year from ocean pollution with the leading cause of death being ingestion of marine debris which is largely made up of plastic waste that has made its way into our oceans. Amongst these marine animals are sea turtles and whales in addition to over one million seabirds being affected.

Plastic debris in our oceans can cause our marine mammals to die from strangulation or growth deformations with floating plastic waste being mistaken for food, causing blockages within the animal’s digestive system leading to eventual death.

Not so fun fact: a plastic drink bottle is thought to take over 450 years to fully break down according to an IOSEA report.

Ditch the plastic shopping bags

Use reusable shopping bags and quit plastic bags where possible

Between five billion and one trillion plastic bags are used each year around the world. The plastic bags you get at the supermarket are damaging to our environment. San Francisco and Washington D.C. in the United States have even banned disposable plastic shopping bags in a conscious effort to reduce their impact on the environment.

Leave some reusable shopping bags in your car and make a conscious effort to remember to take them to the supermarket with you when you do your grocery shopping.

Your drink bottle

This one goes without saying and it is probably one of the easiest changes to make in reducing your plastic waste. It is also healthier to drink out of a reusable BPA free drink bottle so remember to carry one with you throughout the day.

Avoid using straws where possible

Plastic straws are a single use item that are unnecessary. Try to avoid asking for a straw when you are ordering a drink at a bar or restaurant. And don’t buy any straws for use in your household. 500 million plastic straws are used in the United States every single day. Plastic straws are a problem for our environment because they take up landfill space, pollute our waterways and kill our wildlife. Our planet cannot digest plastic straws.

Store food in reusable containers instead of disposable plastic containers

Avoid using disposable plastic containers and opt for BPA free containers that are reusable.

Your toothbrush

We manufacture the world’s most eco-friendly toothbrush with every component being biodegradable. The bamboo toothbrush handle and box are plant based, making them compatible with Mother Nature once they are disposed of. Make the switch now.

 

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