Lessening our use of plastics can help not only ourselves but also the planet. Plastic is made from petroleum and chemicals that are harmful and use an incredible amount of energy and petroleum to produce, and emits carbon dioxide. In addition, it is often sent to the landfill.
Here are some ideas on how to lessen your consumption of plastic.
- Buy glass containers to store food in, rather than plastic. The cost can be amortized over years of repeated use. In addition, they can be purchased at charity driven thrift stores, offering a great way to really save and help out others. A great charity organization is St. Vincent de Paul, with several locations in the Madison area, in addition to all over the world.
- Bring your own bag to market. No need to decide paper or plastic.
- Heat food in glass containers rather than plastic. Chemicals can leach from the plastic into the food you eat.
- Use refillable, reusable water bottles than purchasing single use plastic bottles of water. Look for water bottles that are BPA free. BPA has been linked to disruptions in the endocrine system, impaired brain function, cancer, obesity and chemotherapy resistance. Kids and babies are at highest risk for these issues.
You can find lots more information on line about reducing your plastics use at http://www.lifewithoutplastic.com