Plastic waste is threatening our future and unfortunately not enough is being done on a personal level yet. In this article I will talk about how it will save you money if you aim to live without packaging and I will give some easy, fun and doable tricks that will reduce your packaging waste production.
Plastic’s Effect Around the World
It’s important to know how to save money by reducing plastic use, but also to understand the greater affects plastic has on us in other ways. Understanding plastic’s current role in society is what really motivated me to make some lifestyle changes and save some money at the same time.
At some point, I’m sure you’ve seen a picture of some animal caught in some sort of plastic item. Probably one of those plastic things that keep the six pack of soda together. Maybe you’ve seen a picture or a pile of plastic bottles overflowing out of a garbage can at the beach.
Did you know that in 2015, some 8 million metric tons of plastic waste ended up in the ocean? That statistic is expected to be twenty-fold by 2025. You may not live near the ocean, but I can tell you it’s not just the ocean that is being affected by our plastic consumption and waste.
Plastic’s Effect on your Wallet
As convenient as plastic items can be, it can really take a toll on your wallet without you even realizing it. There are some ways that the use of plastic has been engrained in our culture. Once you’re aware of them, you can make some amazing changes for yourself and the world we all live in.
- Switch to glass food containers – Plastic food containers deteriorate much faster than their glass counterparts. In the long run, purchasing glass containers can save you money because you won’t have to replace them as frequently as plastic ones.
- Purchase your own bags for groceries – It may not have affected your area yet, but some grocery stores are charging for plastic bags at checkout. Invest in some canvas bags to keep in your car so whether you’re buying food for the week or making a quick trip to the store, you won’t have to pay that extra bit. Also, these bags are great for carrying more than groceries!
- Buy fresh produce – Speaking of groceries, I remember the first time I noticed the pre-package, precut fruit costs more than the fresh fruit. “Why would I pay double or more for someone else to cut my fruit when I can do it myself at home?” was my first thought. You’re not only paying for the convenience of having precut fruit, but also the plastic packaging it comes in.
Those are really just the ways you can save money when it comes to your food routines, and you can save a lot! Make these simple changes, think of an amount you think is worth making them for, and use this savings plan balance formula to see how quickly these changes get you to that goal.
Plastic’s Effect on Your Health
If saving money is really a goal, medical bills aren’t cheap. Some of those potential health effects may not appear quickly, but over time… is it worth the risk? It’s worth at least becoming familiar with what could happen if you are exposed to different types of plastics.
At the end of the day, the price we all pay by reducing plastic is priceless. The irony is that price can leave us with more money in our pockets. Along with that, the impact you can make will have a positive effect in the future for all of us.