You’ve heard it time and again, the effect of plastics on the environment. From floating plastics in the oceans to burning plastic in the air to landfills overflowing with plastic disposal. You’ve read all about the sea turtles dying while choking on billions of plastic straws and you know how micro-plastics are entering the food chain. Fun fact, we eat about a credit card’s worth of plastic every week. But we’re sure you know all this, so let's look at a few immediate ways to reduce your dependence on plastics for a larger impact.
1) Plastic Toothbrushes:
Considering that an average person discards their toothbrush every three to four months, it’s disheartening to think how much plastic we add to landfill sites through toothbrushes alone.
Our solution: Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants on this planet. Toothbrushes made of bamboo wood and fiber are the perfect replacement for their plastic counterparts.
2) Plastic Straws:
Plastic straws are everywhere. Up to 8.3 billion plastic straws are lying on the shores all across the world, often ending up in the digestive systems of marine life. They are such a huge problem that more and more countries and cities are banning them altogether.
Our solution: Reusable Metal Straws can help replace disposable plastic ones altogether. The fact that they are made of stainless steel means that you can keep reusing them for a lifetime like regular cutlery.
3) Plastic Shopping Bags:
Every different vegetable or fruit you get home is usually packed in a separate plastic bag. So, people sometimes end up going home with 10-15 plastic bags after just one shopping trip. And the bags, sadly, often simply end up in the trash bin without being reused again.
Our solution: Tote Bags. These are cotton cloth bags that are reusable and don’t clog water drains or last forever in the landfills after being used for years.
4) Plastic Shampoo Bottles:
Research suggests there could be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050. That shampoo? Housed in a plastic bottle, often fully or partly unrecyclable.
Our solution: Shampoo Bars. These are handmade with organic ingredients that are perfectly suited to clean hair and leave them silky soft. Natural cleansers like reetha and shikakai are good alternates to consider making at home too.
5) Plastic Dishwashing Scrubbers:
Every household uses one in their kitchen, and it's replaced to chuck in the bin at the end of almost every month. These end up breaking down into microplastics and going down the drain.
Our solution: Coconut coir scrubbers. Made from the outer husk of the coconut, these are effective, handy, durable, and compostable.
6) Plastic Loofahs:
They are colorful and cute, but what about after they're used? The microplastics from a plastic loofah wash down the drain and eventually end up in the oceans.
Our solution: Natural Plant Loofah. These are made out of an actual vegetable after drying. They gently exfoliate the skin and help in blood circulation too.
These are products we have curated in our Verth box to help you get started and make an impactful switch. Here's where you can explore all the boxes or even get started to make your own one.
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