How to Reduce Microplastics in Your Daily Life
Practical Guide to Reducing Microplastics in Your Life:
Stop Buying Plastic Based and Single-Use Plastics:
- Opt for reusable alternatives to single-use plastics. Use a reusable water bottle, bring your own shopping bags, and choose products with minimal or no plastic packaging.
Avoid Microbeads in Personal Care Products:
- Check the ingredient list of personal care products ensure they do not contain microbeads. Microbeads are tiny plastic particles used in some products that adversely effect your health. Some common products with Microbeads: Exfoliating Scrubs, Toothpaste, Bodywash/showergels, Face cleansers, Hand Soaps, Makeup, Hair Care products. Please view our page Microbeads, the Microplastic chemicals destroying your heath (and the various names they are listed under in common product ingredients).
Choose Natural Fibers:
- When selecting clothing and textiles, choose natural fibers such as cotton, wool, or silk. These fibers do not shed microplastics during washing as synthetic fibers like polyester or nylon might.
Wash Clothing Less Frequently:
- Reduce the frequency of washing your clothing, especially synthetic fabrics, to minimize the release of microfibers. When you do wash clothes, consider using a front-loading washing machine, as it tends to release fewer fibers than top-loading machines.
Support Sustainable Brands:
- Choose products from brands that prioritize sustainability and environmental responsibility. Look for companies that use recycled materials, practice responsible sourcing, and are committed to reducing their environmental impact.
Participate in Cleanup Efforts:
- Get involved in local beach or river cleanup initiatives. Participate in organized cleanups to help remove plastic debris, including microplastics, from the environment.
Properly Dispose of Waste:
- Dispose of plastic waste properly by recycling it according to local guidelines. Avoid littering, as plastics that end up in the environment can break down into microplastics over time.
Educate Yourself and Others:
- Stay informed about the sources and impacts of microplastics. Share information and trustworthy brands with friends, family, and your community to raise awareness and encourage collective efforts to reduce plastic and micro plastic pollution.
Support Legislation and Policies:
- Advocate for and support policies that aim to reduce plastic pollution. This may include measures to limit single-use plastics, improve waste management, and promote recycling.