Tips to reduce plastic waste at home

In today’s world, we are seeing increasing amounts of awareness being raised and attention being paid to protecting our planet.

That means that it’s now easier than ever to identify where in your life changes can be made to help lower your output of problematic materials. You can start lowering the amount of unnecessary materials you use and help make a positive change.

One of the major materials that cause problems in a host of different ways is plastic.

Plastic is everywhere in the average home. It’s just become part and parcel of domestic life through the consumables we have and the way we live our lives.

But with a greater knowledge of some of the problems plastic brings, there is now a movement to get people away from using such amounts of plastic and towards a way of living with reduced plastic.

In our latest Navitron blog, we take a look at how you can join this movement with a few handy tips and tricks to reduce the amount of plastic waste you produce in your own home.

Read on to find out some of the best ways to change your lifestyle habits and enable a better world for everybody.

What is plastic waste?

plastic on a beautiful beach

Plastic waste or plastic pollution is essentially the accumulation of plastics that cause damage to the environment, and impact wildlife, habitats and human life.

The composition of many plastics makes them very slow to degrade. So there is a danger that they just won’t go anywhere.

This obviously produces issues over time. Where does all that plastic go? Where can it go?

The problem is that it all too often, it goes to places where it then causes damage.

In many cases, the unfortunate answer is the world’s oceans. There have been studies to suggest that more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic are present in the world’s oceans.

The problem with having so much plastic in the oceans is that the components of the plastic can end up having a major impact on both marine life and human life.

Toxins are present in many plastics and this can be ingested by fish and plankton, and can actually reach humans through the food chain.

Plastics can also have a quite literal effect on the animal population, with entanglement and digestion a problematic issue for ocean wildlife.

Plastic waste problems are not confined to our oceans. They can also impact land and release chemicals into surrounding soils. This can find its way into our tap water and potentially cause health issues over time.

All in all, plastic waste causes problems in an array of locations and ways. So a plastic solution is very much needed.

Your plastic usage

bin bags by a red fence

Take a moment to think about the ways in which you use plastic in your day to day life.

Are you quite flippant with your use of plastics? Do you think about the plastics in your home enough? Are you buying products that are easily recyclable and sustainable? If not, now’s the time to start making positive changes.

One way to quickly improve your plastic usage is by looking at your buying habits and what you’re shopping for.

Plastic packaging and plastic bags that are not biodegradable or recyclable only cause greater problems from an environmental perspective.

We advise looking into where you are shopping and what kind of policies these stores have in terms of their own sustainability and plastic usage. Many stores are introducing plastic charges, while others are actively addressing some issues around their plastic use and trying to change things for the better. So the next time you go on your weekly shop, consider whether the company you’re shopping with are doing what they can to match your own plastic usage ambitions.

Also consider buying more sustainable, biodegradable and recyclable products yourself. When making a purchase, try to change your mindset to consider the green angle and adjust your decisions accordingly.

Reducing plastic in your home

A sustainable glass and bamboo press coffee maker from Navitron

Your shopping and consuming habits are one way you can lower your plastic usage. But another is with sustainable homeware products.

By buying plastic free products for your home with sustainability in mind, you can simultaneously lower your own plastic footprint, get a great product that serves a function in your home, and feel great about the fact that you’re making a positive change that will make a small contribution to a wider global movement.

At Navitron, in order to help you make this positive contribution, we’ve recently added a host of sustainable homeware products to our range.

a bamboo flask from Navitron

Take a look at our reusable drinking straws made of stainless steel for example. These are a great alternative to plastic straws and are perfect for any family with children.

We also offer a sustainable glass bottle complete with tea infuser. These are a great sustainability option for anybody out and about a lot working, on the go and seeking a handy container for drinks.

Coffee connoisseurs with an environmental conscious will love this sustainable glass and bamboo press coffee maker.

We also offer bamboo coffee mugs, travel mugs and thermos flasks to enable a better, more sustainable, less plastic dependent lifestyle for you and your family.

By purchasing items such as these, you can start changing your habits and cut down in your own way on the overall global issue of plastic waste.

We hope this blog has helped you consider your own plastic waste and ways to make some changes for the better.

And while you’re here, don’t forget to take a look at our solar panel technology, wood stoves, heat pumps and more.

Get in touch with the Navitron team if you have any questions or need any more information.

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