Hey Angels and Alphas,
We are surrounded by microplastics in our everyday lives. From the packaging of the food we eat, to the fibers in our clothes, microplastics are pervasive in our environment. While these tiny pieces of plastic may seem harmless, studies have shown that they can be harmful to our health.
Thankfully, there are steps that we can take to reduce our exposure to microplastics. In this blog post, we’ll be discussing 5 tips for reducing microplastic intake through your diet. By following these simple steps, you can help protect yourself and the environment from the effects of microplastics.
1) Ditch the Disposables
When it comes to reducing your microplastic intake, one of the most impactful changes you can make is to start avoiding disposables. From plastic straws to plastic cutlery, these single-use items are made of petroleum-based plastics that are not biodegradable and will ultimately end up in our environment as microplastics. Instead, try carrying a reusable metal straw or investing in reusable utensils for meals on the go.
You can also bring your own container for leftovers and bulk items instead of using plastic bags and containers. Doing this will help reduce the amount of microplastics ending up in our oceans and environment.
2) Invest in a Reusable Water Bottle
When it comes to reducing your microplastic intake, one of the most important steps you can take is investing in a reusable water bottle. Plastic water bottles are made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) which is a type of plastic that contains microplastics. These microplastics can make their way into the food chain, contaminating our water supply.
Not only do reusable water bottles help reduce microplastic intake, but they are also more cost effective than buying single-use plastic bottles. You can find reusable bottles made from stainless steel, glass or BPA-free plastic. Each of these options offer their own unique benefits, so it’s important to do your research before investing in one.
When choosing a reusable water bottle, look for something that is BPA-free and dishwasher safe. This will ensure that your bottle is free from any microplastics and easy to clean. Additionally, it’s important to make sure your bottle has a wide opening for easy drinking and cleaning.
By investing in a reusable water bottle, you can help reduce your microplastic intake and do your part in protecting the environment. Not only that, but you’ll save money in the long run and have a dependable source of hydration on-the-go.
3) Bring Your Own Bag
One of the most effective ways to reduce your microplastic intake is to bring your own bag whenever you go grocery shopping. Many stores offer plastic bags at checkout, which can be a source of microplastics in your diet.
By bringing your own reusable bag, you are eliminating this source of contamination. Reusable bags come in many shapes and sizes, so you can find one that suits your needs.
If you forget to bring your own bag, you can still reduce your microplastic intake by opting for paper or cardboard bags instead of plastic ones. Paper and cardboard are not only more sustainable, but they will also reduce the amount of microplastics that make their way into your food.
It may take some time to remember to bring your own bag every time you go to the store, but it’s a great way to help reduce your exposure to microplastics.
4) Get a Water Filter
One of the most effective ways to reduce your microplastic intake is to invest in a water filter. Water filters remove harmful contaminants from your drinking water and can significantly reduce the amount of microplastics in your drinking water.
Water filters come in a variety of styles and sizes, including pitcher-style, under sink, and whole-house filters. When selecting a water filter, make sure to choose one that is certified to reduce microplastics. You should also consider the size of the filter and whether it fits your lifestyle.
Once you have a water filter, make sure to replace the filter regularly. Most filters need to be replaced every two to three months, so mark your calendar to ensure you are staying on top of your water filter replacement schedule.
By investing in a quality water filter, you can drastically reduce the amount of microplastics that you consume from drinking water. This is an easy way to make a positive impact on your health and the environment.
5) Choose Glass Over Plastic
When it comes to reducing microplastic intake, one of the most important things to do is to choose glass over plastic. Plastic containers are some of the biggest contributors to microplastic pollution and are a huge source of microplastics in our environment.
When possible, avoid using plastic containers for food storage, and opt for glass containers instead. Glass is much more durable than plastic and can be reused indefinitely without degrading.
Glass also doesn’t leach any potentially hazardous chemicals into your food, unlike plastic. In addition, many glass containers are microwave-safe and can be used for reheating leftovers.
Be sure to use tempered glass containers if you plan on putting them in the oven or microwave. And don’t forget to check for BPA-free labels on the packaging when buying glass containers.
Using glass containers can help you reduce your microplastic intake by eliminating potential sources of microplastics in your food. Be sure to always choose glass over plastic whenever possible!