We’ve all seen pictures of massive amounts of plastic waste in the ocean. And if the plastic doesn’t end in the ocean, chances are that it ends up next to highways or in a landfill or being incinerated for heat. When incinerated, the petroleum that plastic is made with, releases carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, further propelling global warming. So that’s bad. But while we know this, it’s not easy to avoid plastic in daily life.
My thinking used to be, “if I buy plastic products but remember to throw them in the recycling bin, it’s OK”. It wasn’t until 2019 that my thinking serioiusly changed, when I learned that in Denmark - a country that prides itself of having very green intentions - journalists had uncovered Danish plastic waste in landfills in other countries as far away as Malaysia. Plastic waste that, according to authorities, should have been reused to make new plastic products or incinerated for heat. This happens because plastic waste from Denmark is sold to Germany, which then exports it to Asia and while the intention is to reuse the plastic, in the end, nobody keeps track of what happens to it.
Fortunately the no-plastic lifestyle is popular and there are many alternatives available to replace plastic products in our homes, and I thought I’d list some here…
In the gallery below are some pictures of the products I mentioned above. I also just ordered a plastic-free razor from Leaf to replace to old plastic razors.