Reduce single use-plastic this April with WOW CUPs

Reduce single use-plastic this April with WOW CUPs

April 17, 2024

As we celebrate Earth Day every April, we are reminded of the urgent need to protect our planet and foster sustainable practices for future generations. One of the things we can work on in our everyday life is to reduce single-use plastics. WOW GEAR brings you five practical ways to reduce single-use plastics in your daily life that will help to contribute to a cleaner planet.

1. Invest in Reusable Water Bottle

    Did you know that we should drink approximately between 11 to 15 cups of water per day? If you would drink this amount of water from 16 oz plastic bottles, you would use about 6 single-use plastic bottles a day. That makes 2190 single-use plastic bottles per year that would end up in landfills. Isn't it better to swap disposable plastic bottles for reusable alternatives?

    WOW GEAR offers a wide range of durable and stylish bottles for adults and also reusable cups for babies and kids from 6 months. By investing in a quality reusable water bottle like our WOW CUP for Kids from WOW GEAR, you not only reduce plastic waste, but also enjoy your favorite drink from 360 spill-free cups.

    2. Bring your own Reusable Shopping Bags

    At least once a week we go to to grocery store to fill out the fridges. Did you sometimes count how many plastic bags you bring home with your groceries? Next time, try to take reusable bags, either cloth, string or whicker to help reduce single-use plastic bags. Put some reusable cloth bags into your car or purse so you don’t have to think about it every single time. If you forgot and you have to take plastic bags home, don’t be afraid to reuse them as well, maybe for your next grocery visit or for your trash can.

    3. Buy More Bulk Food and Fewer Packaged Products

    Buying food in bulk can reduce packaging waste and on top of it also save some money. Think about it, you pay for packaging as well even if you really don‘t want. Of course, bulk sizes can have a higher initial cost but per item cost is usually less expensive over time. Some grocery stores such as Sprouts or Whole Foods even offer bulk aisles where you can fill your own container or bag and pay based on weight. Here are few products that are worth buying in bulk: pasta, rice, flour and other baking staples, nuts, breakfast items and toiletries. On the other hand, you want to avoid bulk quantities of perishable food items, such as dairy products and other fresh products unless you are sure that you can use them before they expire.

    4. Cook More at Home

    Use all these delicious ingredients you brought from the store and cook more at home and order less to cut down on plastic takeout containers, plastic utensils and plastic straws.

    At home, you can cook larger quantities of meals and store leftovers in reusable containers. This reduces the need for single-use plastic containers and wraps. You can also utilize food scraps for composting instead of throwing them away in plastic garbage bags. You will not only reduce waste but also create nutrient-rich soil for gardening.

    5. Bring your own Coffee Cup

    You can’t imagine your day without the cup of your favorite coffee shop? Bring your own coffee cup! According to Clean Water Action, the US alone uses some 130 billion disposable cups per year – including coffee cups. Moreover, the coffee cups are difficult to recycle as most of them are coated with plastic to prevent leaks which means they belong in the trash. The lid and paper sleeve are generally the only parts that are recyclable. So if you bring your own cup, you will help reduce waste. And also many coffee shops including Starbucks offer a little discount when you bring your own cup!

     




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