One thing our planet does not need is MORE plastic.
According to the United Nations, the amount of plastic produced each year weighs as much as every person on earth combined (approximately 300 million tons). Since the 1950s the rate of plastic production has grown faster than any other material, with global production of plastic predicted to reach 34 billion tons by 2050. 75 to 199 million tons of that plastic is currently found in our oceans.
Most plastic items never fully disappear. They just break down into smaller and smaller pieces. These microplastics can enter our bodies through inhalation and absorption and affect our organs and overall health. Reducing plastic use within our own homes can go a long way towards minimizing waste that ends up in our oceans and ultimately, our bodies.
In honor of Earth Day, here are five ways in which you can reduce plastic waste when cleaning your home:
1. Switch to o3 waterworks – Our Sanitizing Spray Bottle removes the need for typical household cleaning products like stainless steel cleaners, all-purpose cleaners, glass cleaners and bleach, all of which come in single-use plastic containers that only contribute to the world’s plastic problem.
Our bottle is made from polycarbonate, Acudel and ABM, which are durable polymers that are resistant to long-term ozone degradation. Our bottle is a one-time purchase which, at minimum, is lifetime rated to replace 553 gallons of toxic chemicals. That equates to removing roughly 2,181 single-use plastic chemical containers from the environment.
2. Ditch the laundry detergent – The o3waterworks Smart Laundry System cleans with the power of Aqueous Ozone, removing the need for any and all laundry detergent. No more lugging around heavy, single-use plastic containers full of laundry detergent. And no more dissolvable detergent pods, which are also made with plastic that then goes directly into our water, and eventually our bodies.
3. Use natural sponges – Most of the disposable sponges we buy at the store are made from plastic. Look for washable or biodegradable options like natural sponges or regular dishrags that can be washed and reused.
4. Refill with soap tablets – Instead of buying soap refill bottles (which are - you guessed it - made of plastic), there are tablets that dissolve in water to make perfectly good hand soap.
5. Swap out disposable dusters – Microfiber cloths are just as good at cleaning all different kinds of surfaces as disposable cloths and they are washable.