7 Simple and Practical steps to reduce plastics waste - Avoid plastic from daily life

Plastics have become a major concern for future today, we are seeing the harmful impact created by plastic waste in day today life. While adding a plastic waste always think of 3Rs, Reuse, Reduce and Recycle and we think reduce is the best way to reduce the plastic waste. We completely agree than today we can’t say no to plastic because it has become an unavoidable part of our life but we can think of some practical alternatives which is cost effective and easily available.

7 Simple and Practical steps to reduce plastics  - Avoid plastic from everyday life

We will take you through 7 most effective and practical ways to reduce plastics or plastic waste which we all can apply in our day today without changing our normal or spending an extra penny. If you can reduce plastic waste by even a single product you are a super hero now, you saved our planet.

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Start with simple and easy ways to reduce plastic. Start from you and start from the basic item. Below are some 7 effective ways to reduce plastic waste in day today life.

1.No to Plastic Knifes


No to Plastic Knifes

We all celebrates birthday, may be ours or our friends or relatives and birthday cake is something which cannot be avoided. Most of the shops still have plastic knifes with the cake. Birthdays are celebrated in different ways but cake is a must item. If 1 Lakh cakes are sold in a day and if 50% of that had plastic knifes then 50k plastics are added every day, which is too much and these knifes are useless and cannot be used for any other purpose. So next time when you buy a cake ask for a wood knife or happily deny the plastic knife. Instead of this plastic knifes use wood or steel knifes when can be used multiple times. We think this is a very simple step we all can take to save our planet from plastics.

 2. No to plastic straws


No to Plastic Straws

Straws are very common and become our part of life when comes to having cold drinks specially from outside. We consider straws as a step towards hygiene or a matter of comfort or a practise we used too. Next time when you have any cold drink think two points – Are you contributing to plastic waste or is it clean. So next time just say no to plastic straws or if you want a straw ask for paper or bamboo or other bio degraded straws which are easily available in market now. You can even use steel straws which can be used for longer period and can be washed or sterilized. These straws are becoming a great threat for nature, so your simple no can save our oceans and planet.


3.No to disposable plastic cutlery


No to disposable plastic cutlery

Plastics plates, glass and spoons are ruling the weddings or parties & these plastic wastes are great concern now. Not only in parties we even our day-to-day households use disposable plastics spoons or other cutleries which cannot be used for multiple times. While you are travelling plan a spoon, plate and fork so that you can so no to those disposable plastic cutleries. But in marriages or parties you cannot carry a spoon or fork but ask the event management to change the plastics with paper or steel. Start from kitchen and say no to disposable plastics in kitchen.


4.No to plastic periods

No to plastic periods

Menstruation is one of the most natural and healthy parts of life of all women. This is monthly process although menstrual taboos and period shaming have a huge impact on the products we use and how we dispose of them. Menstrual pads have 90% of plastics even Tampons contains 6% of plastics, since these are thrown into waste once used these creates a huge plastic waste even their packing contributes a lot of plastics also these may cause some health issues to some people. Switch to reusable menstrual products like menstrual cups, reusable pads etc. Reusable menstrual products have been around for decades so go with #PeriodswithoutPlastic. Read.

5.No to disposable water bottles (Single use)


No to disposable water bottles (Single use)

Whenever we travel, we prefer mineral waters available in single use plastic bottles, which can be used & disposed. But these disposable water bottles are the greatest threat to the nature and ocean. 8.3 BILLION Metric Tons (9.1 BILLION US Tons) of plastic has been produced since plastic was introduced in the 1950s and at least 14 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year. So, carrying a reusable bottle is a far more environmental solution also an economical solution. Next time when you buy bottled juices/soft drinks try to get them in plastic bottles or try to have fresh juices.  Governments are also promoting this method by adding more water filling stations across the country so bring the bottle and get it refilled.

6.No to single use plastic bags


No to single use plastic bags

Similar to single used plastic bottles or even greater than that single used plastic bags, so called polythene bags became a threat for the nature, ocean and the flora & fauna directly. Plastic bags become deadly waste in landfills and the ocean, birds and animals always mistake shredded plastic bags for food, filling their stomachs with toxic debris and fish eat thousands of tons of plastic a year. So always carry reusable bags preferably cloth or jute for shopping, avoid taking low quality polythene bags for shopping. Always separate the plastic bags from waste and keep it separate which will be easy to recycle and will prevent consumption by animals.

7.Purchase in bulks


Purchase in bulks

This may sound odd or sometimes impossible for many but when you purchase in bulk you are reducing lot of plastic waste also saving your hard-earned money. Products like cosmetics, grocery, packaged, household 7 pet care items which have long shelf life can be purchased for 2-3 months in advanced. When you buy a shampoo for one month it adds a plastic bottle every month but if you purchase the same for 3 months you are contributing one bottle instead of 3, similarly for other products. Also try to select products which don’t have microbeads.

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