5 Everyday Hidden Plastics You Need To Know About
So we all know the main plastic contributors (well I hope you do by now!), plastic bags, plastic bottles, straws and Styrofoam, but are you aware of the nasties that are in your every day items?
Here's 5 Hidden Plastics That You Need To Know about along with some simple solutions for each one.
1. Coffee Cups
If you’ve watched ABC's War On Waste then you probably already know this, and good on you if you do, I love it. For those of you who don’t, coffee cups are lined with a thin layer of plastic in order to make the coffee cups heat and leakproof. This thin layer however makes the cardboard cup go from recyclable and compostable to being only able to be dumped in landfill.
If you’re an avid coffee drinker its worth doing your research, find out if the your local café has completely compostable cups along with lids, however, it is ultimately best to try and bring your own cup whenever you can to help reduce the demand on cups.
- Glass keep cup- JOCO
- Ceramic Keep cup- Pottery for the planet
- Plastic Keep cup- Keep Cup
- No-spill keep cup - Frank Green
2. Tea Bags
OK, so this is something I have been trying very hard to decipher as of late and it is extremely hard to work out. Yes some obviously have plastic such as the plastic pyramid tea bags, but wait there's more. The hidden plastic is within the glue they use to seal the tea bags, shocked I know.
The plastic used is Polypropylene, this plastic presence means that your tea bags aren't compostable, sad face! However good news is that you can avoid it and pretty easily.
- Loose Leaf Tea + Tea Strainer
3. Wet Wipes
This one is HUGE. Not only are they filled with microplastics, they can't break down, and so many people are STILL flushing them down the toilet which sends these microplastics to our oceans.
This one may be a little overwhelming I know, but it needs to be said. Our clothes release microplastics into the water column through our use of washing machines. Every time you wash your clothing (especially active wear), thousands of microplastics are being released into the runoff pipes that are then released into our drains and ultimately into our ocean outlets, which at current times, do not have filters small enough to keep them out.
- Try and shop in the sustainable of stores and do your research into the fabric they use and where its made, choose natural fibres.
- Microfibre laundry ball
- Wash Synthetic fabrics less with less washing time
- Buy recycled activewear to help create a circular economy
5. Chewing Gum:
Say Whattt. Yes. Dead serious, chewing gum is basically like chewing on plastic. Ew!
Originally chewing gum was made out of tree sap, now it is made out of a synthetic polymer to enable you to chew for longer. Now, chewing gum just straight up doesn’t biodegrade, and it makes sense doesn't it? Remember all those chewing gum pieces you see stuck and they look like they've been there for years, well, they have.
- Choose mints instead, my favourite brand is XXX because they are completely plastic free
- Purchasing 'eco' gum, that is made from Natural Gum, this can be found at many organics shops in your local area (along with so many yummy goodies!)
Did I shock you?
All of these items are very sneaky and you do need to keep an avid eye out. Hopefully this blog has provided you with the knowledge and the resources to choose and do better.