Plastic materials have become the most common pollutants of our Earth and oceans. Although recycling helps reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills and waterways, a lot of materials are not considered recyclable. This plastic garbage is what ends up in the ecosystems and can take hundreds of years to degrade.

The only way to help the planet get back on its feet is to make an effort and ensure that we reduce our use of disposable plastic.

Being completely zero-waste can be hard, and it is not something that can be achieved overnight. However, there are a lot of little changes that can be made to steer us in the right direction. This may seem daunting, but there are some surprisingly simple ways to reduce the use of plastic in our daily routines.

Below are five tips for beginner’s on how to be plastic-free:

  1. BYOB (bring your own bags) – always keep cloth shopping bags in your car for whenever you need to run errands. If you don’t have them, turn around and go get them! After forgetting them once, you are likely to never do it again.
  2. Sip Consciously– if straws are a must for you, purchase a pack of reusable straws and carry one with you. Just make a habit of saying  “no straw please” with any beverage order and you are good to go!
  3. Cleaning & Self-Care the Right Way– bamboo toothbrushes, naturally-made scrub brushes, etc. Not only do they look chic sitting out in your home, but they last longer and provide an equivalent level of quality when it comes to cleaning!
  4. Hydrate Responsibly – this helps save money by decreasing the amount of plastic water bottles you buy AND your beverage will stay cool for a longer period of time.
  5. Reuse, Reuse, Reuse – old sheets can become kitchen rags, glass food jars can be used as drink glasses, strong food packaging can be a new piece of tupperware. The goal is to develop the mindset that “anything can be re-purposed”. Delve into that creativity of yours and help save the Earth!

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