Plastic is all around us. Scientists have found that we eat between 39,000 to 52,000 microplastic particles a year—and breathe in even more!
For Plastic Free July this year, we are sharing 6 every day items we use that don't seem like plastic but actually have hidden plastic inside of them:
How we can avoid it: You can use loose tea leaf, but it might be a little pricey. That’s why some tea brands are also working on getting rid of plastic and making their bags more eco-friendly such as Theenk TEA or Kib.
How we can avoid it: Switch to a brand that doesn’t contain plastic such as Davids and Geoganics.
You can even look at some DIY and make your own toothpaste!
3. Kitchen sponges
How we can avoid it: Most people don’t think about what their kitchen sponges are made of. Conventional kitchen sponges are made with oil-based plastic. You can opt for wooden dish brushes or dish-washing loofah. Me Mother Earthoffers a large range of them.
4. Chewing gum
How we can avoid it: Manufacturers don’t have to disclose which ingredients they are using - it might be hard to work out the actual composition.
Try to opt for a plastic-free and plant-based gum brand such as OH MY GUM!
5. Menstrual Products
How we can avoid it: Mainstream menstrual products are not only packaged in plastic, but they also contain them.
Why not consider using reusable pads, period-proof underwear or a menstrual cup instead. Babipur offers a large range of them.
How we can avoid it: Say no to receipts when you don't need them and ask for a digital one if needed.
We hope this sparks your interest into thinking more about the everyday items that could contain plastic inside of them and being more mindful of the way we consume or use these items!
Written by Camille Lacassagne