Food, Lifestyle, Plastic Free

How Do I Stop Using Single-Use Plastic?

by Haakaa

Plastic – it’s an incredibly popular material that we use in almost every product we touch due to how cheap and versatile it is. Single-use plastics are especially common – these are items that are made for temporary use before they are disposed of. They include plastic straws, bags, bottles, cutlery and food containers, most (if not all) of which we are quite familiar with in our busy day-to-day lives!

Despite their convenience, our extensive use of plastic comes with harsh consequences. Did you know that less than 10% of plastics are recycled? 12% is incinerated and 79% of plastics go straight to landfill! Plastic waste takes thousands of years to decompose, which leads to devastating impacts on the environment, affecting the future of the planet for our young ones. Furthermore, plastic that pollutes our soil and water has been proven to disrupt our endocrine system, which is incredibly harmful to human health – particularly during the vital, early developmental stages of a child.

It is essential we change our habits now for the good of our future generations. There are many affordable, plastic-free options that you can explore to reduce wastage from single-use plastics for the benefit of yourself, your baby and the planet. This was the vision Haakaa was founded on, and our eco-friendly product solutions will help you move towards a sustainable future.

For example, scientific studies have shown that chemicals are still able to enter food stored in plastic containers or bags, especially when they are heated. This is particularly worrying combined with the knowledge there is a lack of regulation concerning the chemicals used in plastic food containers, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. To protect our young ones and reduce our impact on the planet, we suggest using alternative reusable materials to store your food such as silicone, glass or stainless steel.

Fortunately, in recent years we have been seeing a growing trend of people shifting towards the use of environmentally-friendly alternatives to plastic. The amount of plastic waste we produce during our lifetime is tremendous, so it is incredibly vital that we try to reduce our usage as much as we can. By taking action now and moving towards an eco-friendly lifestyle, we can help preserve the planet for the futures of our little ones!

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