‘Why is single-use plastic bad?’ Don’t worry, you wouldn’t be the first person to ask this question.
Over the years, we’ve been hearing more and more about the negative effects that single-use plastics have on our environment and health. But why is single-use plastic bad, exactly? How does it impact our planet? In this blog post, we’ve covered everything you need to know about single-use plastic and why it’s bad for the earth. Check it out!
What Is Single-Use Plastic?
At this point, you might be wondering - what is single-use plastic?
Single-use plastics are products made from plastic, which are intended to be disposed of after one use. The most common forms of single-use plastic are food packaging, shopping bags, plastic straws, water bottles & bottle tops, and coffee cup lids.
Whether we’re aware of it or not, most of us have some form of single-use plastic in our daily lives. Though limiting the amount of single-use plastics we use every day becomes much easier when we know how to spot them.
Why Is Single-Use Plastic Bad?
So, why is single-use plastic bad? Single-use plastics are bad because they aren’t biodegradable. This means that they don’t properly break down over time. Instead, they turn into microplastics, which damage the environments they’re exposed to.
For example, these microplastics contaminate sea life when ingested - poorly impacting the animal’s health and wellbeing. This corrupts the delicate balance of these marine ecosystems and the creatures within them.
Though it doesn’t stop there - because of the large number of microplastics in our ocean, our seafood has become riddled with these particles. This means that humans can often be indirectly consuming these micro-plastics - which can lead to an assortment of health issues.
Luckily, there’s still plenty that we can do to reduce the waste of single-use plastic.
How To Stop Using Single-Use Plastic
Are you looking for ways to limit your use of single-use plastic? Learn how to stop using single-use plastic with these quick tips below!
Buy Recycled Products
One of the easiest ways you can save single-use plastic in your life is to buy products made from recycled plastic.
Whether you’re buying products made from recycled plastic containers or bottle caps - these products help to reduce the amount of single-use plastic found in landfills.
Products made from recycled plastics can take many shapes and forms, so remember to keep your eyes peeled for products with this feature.
Don’t Forget Your Reusable Bags
Single-use plastic bags wreak havoc on the environment. Many birds and fish often mistake them for food, which release toxins into their system when ingested.
Instead, get your hands on some reusable bags that you can use next time you go grocery shopping. They’re much more eco-friendly, longer-lasting and won’t impact the environment as harshly.
Use Reusable Coffee Cups
For any coffee fanatics looking to go green, we’d suggest grabbing a reusable coffee cup.
As convenient as those takeaway cups and lids are, they aren’t doing the environment any favours. These paper-based cups might look harmless, though they often have a plastic lining, which doesn’t break down over time. This means that these cups can sit in landfills for years at a time.
Making the switch to a reusable coffee cup will reduce plastic waste and eliminate this form of single-use plastic in your life.
Grab Reusable Utensils
Plastic knives, forks, and straws are a major single-use culprit. After only one use, they’re thrown away and forgotten about. Though, when you’re eating on the go, they seem to be the only option available.
To eliminate the need for plasticware, grab a set of reusable, stainless steel utensils - including cutlery and metal straws. These basic tools are easy enough to throw in your lunchbox and will cut off your demand for plasticware.
Milkman Grooming’s Recycled Range
So, what can you do right now to cut down on your plastic use? To start with, you could begin shopping for products that have been recycled from single-use plastics. It’s one of the best ways you can prevent these materials from being thrown into landfills!
At Milkman, we’re working on limiting the amount of wasteful, single-use plastics in the world. We take pride in our recycled range - including our recycled bottle-cap combs and our hats made from recycled plastic.
Take a look at our favourite recycled products linked below!
Milkman’s Trucker Cap
First up on our list, we have the Milkman Grooming Trucker Cap. It’s not only a stylish addition to any bloke's wardrobe, but it’s also good for the environment.
This cap is made from recycled plastic bottles - so while you keep the sun off your face, you’ll be doing your part to save single-use plastics from landfills.
Not to mention, the sleek, matte black design will compliment any outfit you pull from your closet - and with a snap-back size adjustment, one size fits all.
For guys on the hunt for a premium, eco-friendly comb - this Enviro Comb is a perfect choice.
These hair combs are serious game-changers - they’re made right here in Australia from 100% recycled bottle caps. It doesn’t get much greener than that!
Plus, these combs are very practical, with coarse and fine teeth to detangle and precisely style your hair-do.
Body Wash Eco Refills
Running low on body wash? Save up to 40 grams of plastic by getting your hands on these Body Wash Eco Refills instead.
These 500ml pouches are perfect for topping up your Milkman 3-in-1 Body Wash. They won’t only save your time and money, but they’re also a much more eco-friendlier option to those plastic containers.
Choose between our 3 cocktail-inspired scents - Whisky & Dry, Gin & Tonic, and Espresso Martini.