In this article we want to give you 5 simple tips to use less plastic.

Surely you have already come across the sentence “If we do not stop producing and consuming more plastic by 2050 in the oceans there will be more plastic than fish“. This is going to be our future, if we don’t take a step in changing our habits. We think environment sustainability is a topic that involves all of us and should interest all of us.

Plastic itself should not be demonised because it is a very resistant material that actually helps especially packing the food to increase its life on supermarket shelves. Indeed, it helps to reduce food waste. Being very resistant, in fact, plastic is used to pack any kind of product, object, liquid or food. The problem arises with the disposal of this material. We have now produced, consumed and thrown away too large quantities of plastic that we can no longer dispose of, and so these go to pollute our seas. 

What can we do to reduce our plastic waste?

Throughout this article we will share with you 5 easy ways to reduce our daily use of plastic.

1.LOOK FOR ALTERNATIVES TO PLASTIC. Right now, there are no alternatives equivalent to plastic that are biodegradable. We mean, there’s no real alternative that’s anything like plastic. But we can prefer packages such as metal, cardboard and glass that are more easily recyclable. For example, at the supermarket we can buy fruits and vegetables unpackaged. Or we might prefer open-air markets to supermarkets and groceries stores, which are also cheaper. We should try to reduce especially single-use kind of plastic, that is, the one we buy, unwrap and throw away immediately. The three categories of single-use plastic that are contaminating our oceans and our lands the most are: plastic bottles, plastic straws and plastic bags. Which are all three easily replaceable. We can reduce the use of bottles by using the gallons of water in our home or water bottles and thermos instead of the half-liter bottles. Just replace the straws with the metal ones. For plastic bags, we can use either biodegradable or cotton bags. For example, to do the shopping, no longer take new plastic bags but bring from home your fabric bags.

2.PREFER RECYCLED OR RECYCLABLE PLASTIC. Where we cannot find an alternative to plastic, try to prefer recycled plastic products. Mostly, we are referring to the Beauty Industry, in which many packages are made of plastic and are not replaced by glass or other materials, because of the high cost that would therefore affect the final price. Lately, many brands are changing the packages from normal plastic to recycled plastic and this is already a step a little more ecofriendly. Be careful though! Some brands instead of reporting on the packages “recycled plastic“, write that the packages are “made of recyclable plastic“. This is called green washing: an unfair marketing tactic towards the consumers, because the company pretends to be green when in fact it is not.


3.REUSE AND REPAIR. Actually, the plastic material is a bit difficult to repair, because very often it breaks. The repair method works much more in the world of textiles and therefore fashion: we do not throw away our clothes if they are a bit ruined, but we try to adjust them in order to extend their life cycle. But at least we can try to reuse several times the plastic packages that we already have until they will break completely, so we start get into the circular economy system, according to which it is not necessary to produce new things because we are constantly reusing things already part of the process. And so, we try to use plastic products or plastic packages up to their maximum use. For example, we can wash and reuse packages at home as jars or lunchboxes.

4.RECYCLE PLASTIC IN THE RIGHT WAY. Plastic is not always recyclable, or better: it would be recyclable in some components, but most very hard kind of plastics or mixed plastics would take too much energy to be considered sustainable to recycle and therefore are incinerated. The proper incineration works to put energy back into the cycle and then from incineration we get new energy. In general, nowadays, plastics that are not recyclable, because it would cost too much in terms of energy or because there aren’t still technologies to do so are those of DVDs, Cds, mouses and PC keyboards, glasses, diapers… and all these kinds of objects must be put in the undifferentiated waste. However, recyclable plastic is the most common. They are all those plastics used for packaging, bottle caps…

5.MOVING ON TO CLEANING. We started talking about plastic in the oceans. But if you want to volunteer to clean the streets of our city for example, we invite you to write to our email volunteering@proder.org or contact us via our social media Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn and join the Clean up days that we are planning. Join Proder and help us in our fight against pollution!