I have been trying to reduce the amount of plastic I waste. So far it’s going well, I think. There is far too much plastic wasted in the world that I think we should be ashamed. Single-use plastic is completely unnecessary and mostly avoidable. The amount of plastic produced in just one-year weighs roughly the same as the entire population of humanity. That is absolutely crazy.
Every single person can reduce the amount of plastic they uses one way or another. I understand that some ways will be easier for some and less easy for others. That’s okay, there are ways for everyone.
- Bringing your own bag – Reusing a carrier bag, or using a canvas bag for your shopping it a really good step in the right direction. Canvas/fabric bags will last longer, and they’re often bigger so there’s more benefits to them than just saving the planet, you know? Approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used all around the world, more than 1 million used every single minute. A simple change, that nearly everyone can make.
- Stop buying water bottles/reuse plastic bottles – Investing in a water filter and a reusable bottle is a major plus! Americans throw away about 300 billions plastic water bottles every year. Not enough people recycle. This also goes for bringing your own flasks when you get coffee instead of using the one use cups they give you.
- Paper over plastic – Okay, so paper isn’t a perfect way, but it is a step in the right direction. Paper tends to biodegrade easier than plastic. It’s also easier to recycle paper/cardboard products compared to plastic products. 40% of plastic produced is plastic, so cutting back even a little will help majorly.
- Stop using plastic straws – This only applies if you are capable of doing so. Using reusable straws is a minor way of reducing the amount of single-use plastics that end up in the ocean. You can get loads of alternatives to plastic straws like: paper, metal and bamboo.
These are only small changes that make huge changes. Even just recycling makes a huge difference; 91% of plastic is NOT recycled. This is a shocking statistic, it literally takes no time to recycle. Who are the best at recycling, you ask? Well… Europe!
Roughly 18 billion pounds of plastic waste flows in to the oceans every single year from coastal regions. You’ve all probably seen photographs of sea animals washed up on beaches dead after they’ve consumed plastic. This is so saddening, knowing that it’s our fault these animals are dying, and also knowing that we can actually make a difference if we all pull together. Another way to protect the oceans is to stop eating fish! Fishing nets make up nearly half of the waste in the oceans. That is a disgusting amount.
I want to talk to you about a brand who very kindly sent me some of their lovely products – Humble Co. Humble is an eco-friendly, socially responsible brand from Sweden. Developed in 2013, this wonderful brand makes and sells eco-friendly toothbrushes, toothpaste, chewing gum and dish-washing products.
I love their products and have been using them for a few months now. I use their wonderful bamboo toothbrush and their toothpaste on a daily basis, and also their chewing gum now-and-then. The company is also completely cruelty-free and vegan, which is something I really stand for.
When you purchase a product from Humble Co you help fund oral care projects all around the world. The Humble smile foundation was set up by dental experts to help promote oral health in different countries. You can find out more about the wonderful Humble Smile Foundation here.
The Humble brush is the most sold Bamboo brush for adults, and I can tell why. I’ve used other bamboo toothbrushes and they’re not even on the same level as the Humble brush. I find that on the other brushes I’ve used the bristles fall out whilst I’m using it which is so off-putting! Not with the Humble brush though, I’ve not lost one bristle.
The handle of the Humble brush is 100% biodegradable as it’s made with sustain-ably grown bamboo, so don’t worry about the Pandas! Because the handle is 100% biodegradable, when you’re done you can place it in with your compost bin and it’ll break down with everything else in there. The bristles are recyclable too! You can just pull them out, probably with pliers, and recycle them with the rest of your plastic.
The packaging for every product is also plastic free. They use paper and cardboard which is recyclable too. Humble brush comes in adult and kids sizes with ultra soft bristles for kids and soft or medium for adults.
If you want to know more then check out the Humble brush here.
I adore this toothpaste. It’s not got too strong of a flavour, but I feel like to does the job super efficiently. Another vegan and cruelty-free product, which is for adults only. Humble make two flavours of toothpaste – fresh mint and charcoal.
Fresh mint is made to prevent cavities, bleeding gums, bad breath, plaque and tooth loss. The charcoal tooth paste is for tooth decay, bad breath and plaque – so they both have different uses and some may favour from one over the other. I totally recommend trying both of them out! They both contain Fluoride which is supposed to prevent cavities. The tubes are made from Albea Greenleaf patented technology which is more eco-friendly compared to normal plastic tubes.
Check out these toothpastes here.
Humbles chewing gum comes in four great flavours: ‘Fresh Mint’, ‘Lemon’, ‘Tropical Fruits’ and ‘Salty Licorice’. My favourite is Fresh Mint.
All of the flavours come from natural flavours and are sugar-free. They don’t have a plastic gum base which makes them biodegradable. They’re overall a better option compared to other chewing gums you can buy at your local shop. Completely vegan too which is great to know. They taste amazing too! The gum also prevents cavities so it’s recommended to chew them after eating.
Want to try them? Find them here.
As I previously mentioned, an easy way to reduce your plastic waste is to use non-plastic straws. I know that some people may not be able to make that change, and that is completely okay, you shouldn’t feel obligated to make a change that you may not be able to make. But if you can make the change, then I think you should. There are loads of alternatives to plastic straws: glass, metal, bamboo, paper, or even no straws. Here is a list of my recommendations and a link to where you can buy them:
There are so many ways we can all make a change and try to protect this beautiful planet we all live on. There are no other options. It’s just about being conscious about what we throw away and what we buy. Little changes make a big difference if we all take part.
Thanks for reading!