25 cheap and easy replacements for plastic in your home and kitchen
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If we're upfront about it, our total dependency on plastic makes sense.It's the kind of material that sounds borderline pie-in-the-sky: durable, versatile, flexible, long-lasting, and cheap. Understandably, we have obliged by including it in nearly every facet of modern life: garbage bags, credit cards, headphones, toothbrushes... the list goes on.
But, unfortunately, this miracle material does have a fatal flaw - and it's wreaking havoc on the environment that sustains us. Scientists estimate the ocean will be more plastic than fish in 2050, and images of sea turtles stuck in 6-pack plastic rings are so ubiquitous that we are almost entirely desensitized to the implication. The ecological damages are piling up faster than we can wean ourselves off the material itself.
The news regarding climate change is dire. It's no longer a question of if we will experience repercussions, but simply their severity. If want to make a difference - or take baby steps towards making a difference - you can start with actions like replacing plastics in your own home.
The next time you run out of something, replace it with a metal or glass alternative. Knowing you'll reuse something makes it a better value, and wood and metal alternatives tend to hit within the same price neighborhood as plastics with the secondary benefit of also looking much more high-end in a home.
There are habits you can develop to mitigate your impact (cut 6-pack rings with scissors before they go in the trash, drink your cold brew without a straw), but your consumption is what is going to send the largest ripples without asking much of you in terms of convenience or cost.
Below are 25 home goods that are replacements for plastics you might otherwise buy. If you want to make the eco-friendly choice, opt for one of these:Subscribe to our newsletter.
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