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9 TIPS TO REDUCE PLASTIC IN YOUR HOME

Have you ever stopped to think about the amount of plastic we generate every day? Look around your house and see all the containers, packages, bottles, bags, packaging for personal care products, detergents and softeners, cleaning products, containers in the fridge and freezer,… and so on an endless list. 

NO TO PLASTIC

Now that we're spending so much time at home It is a good time to be a little more aware of the amount of plastic we use, especially single-use plastics. We already gave you in this post  https://www.reviverdes.com/10-ideas-eco-para-hacer-en-casa/ (at the beginning of the quarantine) some ideas to entertain you, and among them was to look a little more at the garbage we generate.

A tool that we find very interesting to calculate the annual amounts of plastic that we leave in the world is on the Greenpeace website (https://calculadoraplasticos.greenpeace.es/). In this link it is possible to find out your annual plastic footprint. 

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Plastic, as we already know, is considered one of the materials that take the longest to decompose in nature. It is estimated that it takes between 100 and 1000 years, depending on the conditions, the amount and the type of plastic, to decompose. For example, a bottle takes approximately 500 years, but if it is buried it can be much longer.

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Here are 9 tips to reduce the use of plastic:

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1. Use cotton bags instead of plastic disposable ones to go shopping.

This is a very easy tip and that we see more and more every day, even in most supermarkets there are now reusable bags and they encourage their use. The “totebags” (patterned cloth bags) that have become so fashionable now are a great option to use instead of the traditional plastic ones. In Reviverdes we have our Organic cotton cloth bags based on the "Legend of the Hummingbird". 

https://www.reviverdes.com/producto/totebag-reviverdes-bolsa-tela/

Reviverdes Cloth Bag

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2. Buy foods in bulk.

We know this option is not always easy because not in all localities there are such "old fashioned" stores where you can buy in bulk. In the event that you do not know any store of this style, We recommend that you consume in local stores instead of big brands, they are surely more sustainable and now more than ever you have to help small businesses 😉

Normally in these types of stores they have recycled or paper bags, but it is always a good idea to bring your own bags or containers (if they are made of glass, much better). Look how nice it can be in your pantry:

If you live in Granada, we recommend this store: "A Granel Granada"

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3. Reuse plastic containers that you already have around the house.

If you have plastic containers (for example a tupper from an online order, a container of finished butter, a hard plastic bottle, etc.) do not throw them away. You can use them to store food or other things. We know they have a limited life, but Let's try to make it as long as possible, right?

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4. Use reusable bottles and cups. 

reusable bottleIf you are used to drinking coffee every morning, instead of using disposable cups all the time, you can take your glass, mug, thermos or bottle and drink your coffee quietly. 

We like a brand of reused plastic bottles, sustainable 100%, that you can even put in the dishwasher and that also, most important of all, is that it supports very beautiful projects for the environment. If you have a while we advise you to take a look, We leave your website here: https://dopper.com/

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5. Buy the products in cardboard or glass boxes and not in plastic bottles. 

We recommend that you try as much as possible replace products that are packaged in single-use plastic, for products with other types of packaging. You can look in the supermarkets that you usually go to or those that are close to your area, products that replace the ones you usually buy and that use more sustainable packaging.

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6. Try to avoid the frozen section of the supermarket.

In general in this section (especially in fish), the packaging has a lot of plastic. It is better for nature and for your health if you buy fresh food. In the same way, we recommend that you buy those fruits and vegetables free of plastic. 

ecological store

Extra TIP: Please if you are lucky enough to have fish and greengrocers in your neighborhood, try to buy there instead of in large stores.

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7. Use wooden, bamboo or stainless steel cookware.

They are the best options to replace plastic utensils. We not only talk about cutlery but also about everything we use to cook, take a walk around the kitchen and think that you can substitute to avoid plastic. 

(Keep in mind that above all we must fight against single-use plastic, don't forget!)

kitchen tools

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8. Buy wooden toys instead of plastic ones. 

We add the first Reviverdes games to the “Meraki” collection. They help develop creativity by joining hands and mind, besides it can be a very good time to play as a family. You can see some of the ones we make in our "Games" section.

https://www.reviverdes.com/producto/juego-creativo-madera/

Photo wooden game

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9. Do not use straws, they are not necessary. 

Luckily, plastic straws are getting harder and harder to find but, if you like, and you feel like it, it is possible to find reusable stainless steel straws, made of bamboo or even cardboard (although we do not recommend them too much).

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If after all those tips, you still have plastic in your home and you don't know what to do with it, reuse the plastic and waste you already have to make art (whenever possible). On the internet you can find many DIY tutorials that have very nice results. We leave you some ideas here.

plastic arthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cVCuqCMiv4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWsGJBALM20

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpR2ICmNznY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zygiThck4c

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We hope you liked these tips and that you are all very well Familia Reviverdes !! We are waiting for you in the next one 🙂 Take care!

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