Plastic waste has become one of the most urgent problems in our modern world. Since the mass production of plastics began six decades ago, this problem has rapidly accelerated. Today, there is a vast accumulation of plastic objects in our environment.
Global plastic pollution is having a hugely detrimental impact on our Earth’s wildlife, habitats and on us, as humans, too. As we all strive to be greener and more sustainable in our behavior, it’s essential that we all take action to reduce plastic waste and mitigate its incredibly damaging effects on our ecosystem.
Below, we’ve written about 10 ways you can help prevent plastic waste and support the environment - keep reading to learn some great tips.
What is Plastic Waste?
Essentially, plastic waste is the accumulation of plastic objects in the Earth's environment. These objects can include plastic bottles, packaging and various other items made from synthetic polymers.
Unfortunately, a significant portion of plastic waste is not recycled and ends up in landfills or enters our environment through improper disposal. Astonishingly, around three-quarters of plastic waste is not recycled, leading to its presence in our oceans, where it poses a severe threat to marine life and ecosystems.
What Can You Do to Reduce Plastic Waste?
- Switch from Plastic Bottles to Canned Drinks
A simple yet impactful step you can take is to replace plastic bottles with canned drinks. Here at RightWater, we sell canned still water, made from 100% locally sourced Californian spring water. Our infinitely recyclable cans are 70% recycled aluminum and BPA-free. Free of single-use plastic packaging, every can funds clean water projects worldwide through our partner charity, drop4drop.
- Opt for Sustainable Products
Embrace sustainable alternatives in your daily life. Consider using bamboo toothbrushes, kitchen utensils, and other eco-friendly products. Refillable bottles at refill stations are an excellent option, along with shampoo bars instead of plastic bottled shampoos. Additionally, investing in reusable coffee cups and shopping bags significantly reduces your plastic footprint too.
- Participate in Clean-Up Initiatives
Joining ocean clean-ups, environmental clean-ups and taking the initiative to pick up litter when you're out and about can have a significant impact. By actively engaging in these activities, you help combat plastic pollution and ensure a cleaner environment for everyone.
- Think About the Plastic in Packaging
When purchasing food and drinks, make a conscious effort to evaluate the amount of plastic involved in the packaging. Opt for products with minimal or eco-friendly packaging, as this encourages manufacturers to reduce their plastic use. By supporting sustainable packaging practices, you contribute to a healthier planet.
- Buy in Bulk When Possible
Consider bulk buying whenever possible. Purchasing products in larger quantities reduces the need for excessive packaging and minimizes the amount of plastic waste generated. By adopting this practice, you not only save money in the long run but also make a positive environmental impact too.
- Recycle and Reuse
Make recycling and reusing a part of your everyday routine. Look for creative ways to repurpose items such as using plastic bottles as plant pots or bird feeders. By giving these items a new life, you contribute to the circular economy and reduce the demand for new plastic products.
- Spread the Word
Pass on your recycling habits to friends, children, and family members. Encourage others to be mindful of their plastic consumption and educate them about the importance of reducing plastic waste. By raising awareness and inspiring action, you play a vital role in creating a more sustainable future.
- Invest in a Reusable Water Bottle
Investing in a reusable water bottle is an impactful step towards reducing plastic waste. By choosing a durable and refillable water bottle, you eliminate the need for single-use plastic bottles. Carry your reusable bottle wherever you go and enjoy the convenience while contributing to a greener planet.
- Embrace Paper Alternatives
Whenever possible, replace plastic items with paper alternatives. For instance, choose cotton buds with paper sticks instead of plastic ones and opt for paper straws instead of their plastic counterparts. These small choices add up and help reduce plastic waste significantly.
- Choose a Milk Delivery Service
Finally, consider using a milk delivery service instead of purchasing milk in plastic jugs. Many local milk delivery services offer milk in glass bottles, which are reusable and have a lower environmental impact than plastic containers. By making this switch, you support sustainable practices and contribute to the reduction of plastic waste.
At RightWater, we are dedicated to promoting sustainable practices and reducing plastic waste. We believe that small changes in our daily routines can have a profound impact on the environment. By choosing Right Water's canned drinks, you not only enjoy a refreshing beverage but also actively participate in the movement to protect our planet.
Together, we can make a difference and create a greener future. Our canned spring water offers a plastic-free solution for on-the-go hydration. Our products are 100% recyclable, BPA-free, and sourced from local springs.
As a social enterprise, all profits from our sales go directly to drop4drop, our sister charity dedicated to providing clean water to communities in need worldwide. We ensure transparency in fund allocation, and our campaigns have already impacted nearly 2 million lives.