May 30, 2019 | Kristi MacDonald, founder & CEO of BeeBAGZ™- BeeBAGZ.com
It’s no secret that plastic is destroying our planet. From covering once beautiful beaches to endangering sea life, plastic is toxic to our ecosystem. Images circulating on social media inspire the environmentalist in all of us but it’s hard to know how to start. We came up with #theplasticdiet to help everyone enact their inner environmentalist by suggesting simple everyday alternatives to plastic.
What is #theplasticdiet?
In short, #theplasticdiet is an exercise in plastic-free living. It’s an initiative in which you swap out your plastic products for plastic-free alternatives.
Why #theplasticdiet matters
Every year, nearly 300 million tons of plastic are produced, and roughly half of it is only used once. 91% of all plastic isn’t recycled – instead, 8 million tons of plastic garbage gets dumped into our oceans and landfills.
It was numbers like these that used to make my heart sink. When I started #theplasticdiet, it felt overwhelming at first, but slowly each change made it easier and easier. A lot of the swaps that I have made work better than their plastic cousin. The most important thing is to leave the guilt behind. Everyone is doing their best. #theplasticdiet is a place for you to start, once you start looking, you will see that there are a lot of options.
When we ran #theplasticdiet campaign in January we where overwhelmed with the positive response. Most people when given options want to become part of the plastic pollution solution.
How you can make the swap
These top 5 tips are a great place to start:
1. Plastic water bottles: Trade single use plastic water bottles for canteens instead. They’re better looking, more convenient, and keep your water colder for longer periods of time.
2. Straws: Simply swap out those plastic straws for metal or bamboo. The reusable straws are small and can fit into your purse or backpack easily.
3. Buy loose, fresh veggies and fruit, and bring them in mesh produce bags, cotton bags or BeeBAGZ ™
4. Dishwashing supplies: Dish scrub brushes are just as effective as sponges without the plastic packaging.
5. Instead of wrapping your kids’ lunches in disposable baggies, try BeeBAGZ ™. They’re 100% plastic-free beeswax wrap baggies that are healthy for your family and the environment. In general, #theplasticdiet offers you a chance to examine your plastic use and look for ways to cut back. There are easy and effective swap outs that can help the environment, and in the process, you just might discover some new products that you’ll love.
Small changes = Big impact. Say NO to plastic.