Go for Reusable
Plastic items can create serious damage to our planet’s ecosystem and our health. Luckily, there are many alternatives to plastic products that benefit both us and our planet. Here are a few reasons to switch to reusable items.
A Toll on Our Oceans
8 million pounds of plastic end up in the ocean each year. As the plastic content of our oceans increases, fish and other wildlife consume more and more of it, allowing plastic to make its way into our food chain. At the current rate of pollution, the total amount of plastic material in our oceans will outweigh fish pound for pound by 2050. Switching to reusable alternatives can help reduce this rate and promote a healthier planet.
Not All Plastic is Recyclable
Although we can reduce our plastic pollution by recycling, some plastic items, such as straws and bags, cannot be recycled. Reusable items can be a great way to reduce the pollution of unrecyclable plastics. If you want to start making a difference in the amount of unrecyclable plastic polluting the environment, try reusable straws and bags — you can even create your own reusable bag from an old t-shirt.
Not only can switching to reusable items benefit the environment, but they can help you cut costs as well. On average, an American uses 167 plastic water bottles a year, which costs around $266. With an average lifespan reaching 80 years, that’s around $17,000 dollars on disposable water bottles alone. A $20 reusable water bottle can save the average American lots of money and help save the environment too.