One of the things am deeply passionate about is the reduction of plastic in our life and of course to help others also reduce the use of plastic. While there are many “good” uses of plastic, using it literally everywhere is what creates the problem of non-biodegradable waste. With the pandemic, single use plastic is back with a bang because the virus obviously doesn’t survive on plastic !!
Large Size Containers – Reduce Plastic
For the past year plus, I have been buying 5 Litre cans of floor cleaning liquid, dishwashing liquid, toilet cleaner and liquid detergent. I have retained all the smaller plastic containers and simply refill them from the cans.
I recommend the BubbleNut brand, as all its products are based on Soapnuts or Reetha. The five litre cans are very useful for storing water, oils or any liquid item. They can also be reused effectively.
Cream Refill – Reusing Plastic
We had bought the body cream at the Ritual brand store on Mariahilfer street in Vienna during our 2019 visit. Day 26 – Finding the man with a fish bowl. When I wanted to buy another body cream with a different fragrance, the sales lady told us that I can buy just the inner pot. The outer shell can remain and the inner refill pot can be replaced !
I hope this gives additional ideas for cosmetics manufacturers to reduce the use of plastic and increase the reuse.
Reducing plastic usage at home
Some other practices that we have adopted to reduce and reuse plastic at home –
- Carry cloth bags for shopping fruits and vegetables. During the pandemic, this was challenged as we couldn’t go out to buy, but we have restarted this practise now.
- Buy groceries in bulk quantities. We buy 5 kilos of rice or wheat or pulses instead of 1 kg packs.
- No ordering of food from restaurants and if we do, we click on the option of not sending cutlery. Look for this option on Zomato.
- Gave up the microwave, so we have no plastic containers to cook in !
- The large plastic bags in which groceries are delivered are reused for storing vegetables in the fridge and then as garbage liners. This way it delays their journey to a landfill.
The pandemic has unfortunately increased the use of plastic with masks, face shields and PPE kits etc but we can reduce our usage of plastic in other areas to compensate. We have to do that as plastic is not just a environmental challenge but also a health challenge. Read this deeply disturbing article – ‘Cyborg babies’: Scientists find microplastics in mother’s womb for first time.
Reduce and Reuse Plastic.