7 everyday items that are bad for the environment
This week on the blog we are going to be talking about everyday items that you all probably have around your home somewhere, that are actually very bad for the environment... If like may other people around the world, you care about the environment and are trying to adapt to living a more sustainable lifestyle - these are the everyday items you might want to cut out.
Coffee machines in the home or workplace have become increasingly popular because of how convenient and mess free they are. However, the pods used in these coffee machines are actually terrible for the environment. In the UK alone, more than 700 million pods are used every year, almost all of these are sent straight to a landfill. Usually made from plastic or aluminium, the process of recycling is tricky and so most people don't bother!
Unfortunately, most wet wipes are not biodegradable and can take hundreds of years to breakdown. A common household product that actually causes a lot of trouble in our water systems. Wet wipes make up more than 90% of sewer blockages and often end up polluting our oceans, causing lasting damage to marine life.
We've seen in recent years, a widespread move from plastic to paper shopping bags. But has this been enough? It has been estimated that nearly 500 million plastic bags are still used every year. The majority of these end up polluting the ocean, blocking sewage ways and harming wildlife. Plastic has a significantly long lifespan and litters the earth for decades.
Products containing micro beads
Micro beads can be found in multiple household products we use without even realising. Toothpaste, face wash and shower gel are a few of the main culprits. Essentially, micro beads are tiny little bits of plastic that are usually missed by waste filtration systems and once in water, these micro beads can have devastating effects on marine life.
This is one that may shock all our British readers! Tea bags are actually made up of 25% plastic (this varies dependent on the manufacturer). This makes these tea bags non-biodegradable therefore becoming a major source of pollution in landfills.
It has been said that plastic razors are the new plastic straw...
Cheaply made, most razors are intended for single use - this leads to a multitude of problems. Difficult to recycle, most disposable razors end up in landfills with no attempt to reduce their environmental impact.
We have a more sustainable option for shaving - a classic beautiful razor, with blades you can replace! It is also an affordable option, as in the long run you end up saving money - The Naked Shave Kit at only 26.99 GBP, includes razor, shaving soap and blades.
Your toothbrush is a bigger problem than you might think, a plastic toothbrush can take up to 400 years to decompose. There's 7 billion people in the world, all replacing their toothbrush every 3 to 4 months... you do the math.
These are just a handful of everyday household items that are having more of a negative impact on the environment than a lot of people realise. Seek out alternatives to these to help make sustainability the norm !!!
Aequem Gang xo