There has never been a better time to vow live plastic-free and reduce your consumption of single-use plastic products. As awareness spreads of the vast and hugely damaging impacts of plastic on our oceans and ecological habitats, more and more people are asking how they can go plastic free and committing to living a life without plastic products. Ideas for new, innovative solutions to replace our everyday items have become mainstream, and at Netkoolr, we’re thrilled to see these new products released in the effort to combat plastic waste.
So, in 2019, what are the best ways to live plastic-free? We list here our top 3 rules to eliminate single-use plastic from your everyday routine.
1. Ditch Single-Use Plastic Bags
Probably one of the worst contributors to the global impact of plastic pollution are single-use plastic bags. Designed to carry groceries and shopping for a matter of minutes and then thrown away, the disposable plastic bag has a tiny lifespan but takes around 1000 years to decompose. Due to not being able to break down quickly in waste, remains of plastic bags thrown away have been found in far-flung corners of the globe; they’ve made it into our oceans, discarded on our beaches and can be found scattered throughout ecological habitats.
The imbalance between the short life of plastic bag use and the enormous amount of time it takes to disintegrate is not a good use of design, nor is it good for our planet. In 2019, rather than choosing single-use plastic bags, opt for a reusable option such as a reusable food bag, or jute tote bag.
Netkoolr bags have been designed to replace single-use plastic bags. Instead of picking up yet another plastic bag at the shops (that will still be here in another 1000 years’ time - long after your shopping trip), choose a reusable option from our collection of sustainably designed tote bags.
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2. Carry a Water Bottle or Coffee Cup
Single-use coffee cups are another big offender on the list of single-use plastic items to avoid. They may look recyclable, but paper coffee cups are manufactured with a thin plastic lining to create a waterproof layer inside the cup. This means that they cannot be recycled using widespread methods and instead, are destined only for landfill. The plastic lids are also not usually recyclable; black hard plastic lids or colored lids cannot be broken down in the same way that clear plastic can be, meaning another throwaway piece of plastic.
Opt for a reusable coffee cup or water bottle – nowadays you can usually find reusable cups and bottles for sale in most coffee shops. Pop one in your bag before you leave the house and you’ll never need to use a disposable cup or bottle again.
For extra green points, chose a bamboo coffee cup – made from natural bamboo plant fibers, these cups are incredibly lightweight and portable. The bamboo materials are also extremely Eco-friendly, requiring little water and no pesticides, resulting in minimal impact on the planet.
3. Choose Bamboo
Many manufacturers of everyday products such as toothbrushes, straws, and cotton swabs, are now creating items from bamboo, switching out to use where possible instead of plastic. Straws and cotton swabs, in particular, have been picked up by several leading global environmental organizations, including Greenpeace, as one of the worst contributors to global plastic pollution. Now found littered throughout the world’s oceans, straws often find their way into the stomachs of marine creatures and bird life, ultimately killing numerous animals. The plastics also break down into ‘micro plastics’ – too tiny to be seen by the human eye, these small fragments are created by plastic products breaking down slowly over time. These then collect inside the stomachs of animals; gradually killing them.
The benefits of bamboo-made items far outweigh the properties of plastic, being low impact, and sustainable to produce. They also break down much quicker; where our plastic alternative will take a whopping 1000 years to decompose, a bamboo-made product will require only six months to disintegrate in a composter, or up to a maximum of 5 years if thrown in the trash.
Netkoolr: Choose To Live Plastic-Free
We’re passionate about creating a world that doesn’t include disposable plastic products. Netkoolr bags are designed to reduce single-use plastics, creating beautifully-designed, practical bags that work to support both you and the planet. If you're wondering how to go plastic-free, explore our collection of stylish shoulder bags and lunch bags here, and make the switch to living without single-use plastic this year.