Scientists estimate that almost 8 metric tons of plastic enter our oceans each year. That’s the equivalent of 80 blue whales, or one billion elephants. Those numbers seem shocking, and they should be: if current plastic consumption trends continue, an estimated 12 billion metric tons of plastic will be in landfills and the natural environment by 2050.
It’s up to us to look for new ways to reduce our impact. Fortunately, there are small changes we can make each and everyday to help. In honor of conservation week, we’ve put together a list of our favorite accessible (and affordable!) plastic alternative products.
I also dig S’well because they advocate making small changes in everyday life that can lead to big impact: very on Minda-brand. Through the S’well Million Bottle Project, they aim to displace 100 million plastic bottles from entering undesirable locations by 2020. All about that. Check it out and join their pledge here.
Reusable drinking straws: With Seattle’s recent plastic straw ban, it seems like reusable straws are having a moment, and with good reason: plastic straws are single use, immediately end up in landfills, and take hundreds of years to break down. On top of that, thousands of plastic straws end up in the ocean everyday and are causing detrimental harm to marine life.
Enter stainless steel straw. Made of food grade stainless steel, they are dishwasher safe, BPA free, and environmentally friendly. As a cocktail aficionado, I’m always on the hunt to keep my beverage cooler. Keep them in the freezer and they double as extra ice. Bonus points for helping to save the environment.
How are you cutting back on your plastic consumption? Any must have plastic alternative products not mentioned here? Let us know in the comments!