Why You Need to Ditch Plastic From Your Life - ASAP!
There’s no denying it… plastic has overrun our lives, and not in any way that is good - neither for the environment, nor for our health.
Plastics are literally everywhere, especially in all aspects of food storage: containers, plastic wrap, zipper bags, straws - and everything else imaginable!
If you know me personally, you may know I’m a scuba diver. If not… well now you know, and I’m super passionate about animals and our environment. Seeing plastic underwater is one of the saddest things you can imagine, because the poor animals just have no idea what it is, and don’t deserve to live in our wasteland.
Here’s WHY and HOW to ditch plastic… ASAP.
Removing plastic from your life - for health reasons
Most of the more common plastics contain an industrial chemical called bisphenol-A (better known as BPA), in addition to phthalates - an entire family of chemical compounds.
Many studies have revealed the widespread negative effects of both of these chemicals on human health. For example, it is suggested that individuals with the highest concentration of either of these chemicals (detected in their urine) often have hormone imbalance issues.
Studies have also made correlations to type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension (high blood pressure) with these chemicals.
The clear choice is to reduce your plastic usage overall as this would lead to less exposure to these harmful chemicals for you and your family.
There is also many other unknowns. Between all the little microbeads, drinking water out of a plastic bottle and heating food in plastic, there is not THAT many years of tests showing it be safe. And the testing we do have shows us to be weary.
Removing plastic from your life - for the environment
The equivalent of about five grocery bags filled with plastic, for every foot of coastline in the world, fills our oceans each year.
Yikes! Take a moment to picture that.
By the year 2025, it is estimated that this amount will double, and by 2050, fish will officially be out-populated by plastic trash. Now that’s a visual!
It's time we all did our part in an effort to ditch plastic, especially single-use plastics, like water bottles, to-go containers, coffee cups, and straws - and invest in more sustainable, multi-use options in all areas of our lives.
But, make no mistake that you do have the power to make a difference just by changing even small aspects of your lifestyle and daily routine.
Here are 8 actionable ways that you can ditch plastic AND make a difference - to your health & to the environment:
Stop buying single-use plastic water bottles. Invest in a stainless steel or glass water bottle and bring it everywhere! Now, many places in the world don’t have safe drinking water and rely on plastic bottles, but around here, we DO. Plus, plastic bottles of water are likely no better for you than what you have at home. Especially if you have a water filter.
Bring a reusable, heat-tolerant travel mug to your local coffee shop. Many shops and cafes even offer an incentive discount for bringing your own cup! Find one you LOVE so that you remember to carry it around with you.
Stop using straws. The action of using a drinking straw can cause bloating, gas, and indigestion issues due to the excess air that is swallowed. Additionally, sipping through plastic straws also directly exposes you to chemicals like BPA & phthalates. Now, I actually personally like drinking from straws, so I invested in some glass blown beautiful straws so that I can do my part for the environment. We drink smoothies out of them too!
Bring your own bag! Stow reusable grocery bags in your car or purse so you don't forget to bring them into every store you regularly shop at. I have even left my cart for a minute to run back out to my car to get them when I forget. Do that a few times and you will stop forgetting them in your car.
Buy bulk! Buying in bulk allows you to reduce (or even eliminate) waste and it’s usually cheaper too. You can also buy things like shampoo, soap and other beauty care products in bulk to save you from buying as many smaller plastic containers. Reduce & reuse!
Eat fresh and not from a package- Most pre-prepared or commercially-prepared foods come in an unnecessary amount of packaging, so try to make your meals mostly from scratch. This is a common health and nutrition tip I give, but it helps reduce waste and plastic as well!
Reuse- Use old jars to store your leftovers, rather than using plastic containers. That doesn't mean you need to go out and buy all new containers as you can save and reuse old ones from things like pasta sauce, salsa, pickles, olives, and other condiments.
Food storage- Swap plastic zipper bags for reusable glass containers. And be sure NEVER to heat food in a plastic container in the microwave!
The more awareness you bring into your life about what you buy and what you use in your everyday routines, the more ways you’ll discover how to easily ditch the plastic - in all its forms.
I would love to hear your ideas, please share in the comments below to help inspire others to take action!
The turtles will thank you for it! 🐢
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Gaylene Gomez, NNCP, C.H.N.
A little bit about me! I'm Gaylene, a Holistic Nutrition Coach for women. I work with busy, professional women to help them learn about healthy, simple lifestyle changes they can easily implement to reduce belly bloat, lose weight and get through their day with sustained energy. My clients are committed to their health and excited to learn about healthy eating and natural living. I feel proud of them for taking charge of their health and I'm so lucky to work with these amazing women.
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