Environmentally friendly alternative materials to plastic


It’s high time that we should seriously consider using alternative materials to plastic to improve our quality of life and a healthier environment.

Anywhere you look, you see plastic – from feeding bottles to grocery goods container to food storage to credit cards.  It is indeed ubiquitous.  

Because plastics are lightweight, easy to carry, and cheap, many people prefer them over other materials especially for their daily use. But then, as consumers, we should be conscious about the fragile reality that lies behind the plastic products we utilize. While it may be a convenient option for its undeniable durability, plastic also poses threats to both humanity and the environment.

Although there are certain areas and circumstances where the use of plastic cannot be avoided, there are also countless alternative materials and ways by which to minimize them, if only to improve the quality of life and to have a greener and healthier environment.

Here are some alternative materials to plastic that you might want to consider.

Glass. This is a considerably useful option to use especially for many household purposes, like storage containers, dishes, mixing bowls, and cooking vessels. It can also be used for milk and feeding bottles.

Besides, glass can best protect its liquid content from chemical reactions. It is least likely to change the taste of food or the drink it holds. Easily recyclable without having to be re-manufactured, glass can be reused almost instantaneously than plastic or carton containers. Glass actually makes a more environmentally friendly packaging material.

Metal.  I think you’d agree with me that the long-lasting stainless metal makes a better option for different usage in the kitchen, like steel water bottles, pots, pans, mixing bowls, and storage for uncooked foods like coffee, rice, and pastas.

Ceramics.  This is another environmentally friendly household material for

  • tableware
  • mixing bowls
  • salad bowls
  • serving dishes
  • storage containers
  • cookware
  • …. and a lot more.

Ceramic cookware can either be made with clay base or with a metal body covered in enamel.  It also comes in different colors that can be matched with your kitchen décor.

Also, ceramics is commonly used in building construction. Ceramic tiles for finishing material brings minimal impact on the environment even as its production requires less water and reuses its waste water in the process.

Eco - bamboo steamer

Bamboo. This fast growing and highly environmentally friendly plant has numerous uses that can conveniently replace plastics, such as:

  • bamboo plates, which are practical replacement for polystyrene disposable plates
  • cutting boards
  • brushes
  • buckets
  • chopsticks
  • cooking utensils
  • tableware
  • food steamer
  • toothpicks
  • firewood
  • charcoal
  • baskets
  • fences
  • bicycle frames
  • bird cages
  • blinds
  • boats
  • bridges
  • canoes
  • fishing rods
  • carts
  • fans
  • umbrellas
  • furniture
  • handicrafts
  • garden tools
  • pipes
  • scaffold
  • roofing
  • toilets
  • walking sticks
  • paper
  • pens
  • toys
  • hats
  • clothing
  • diapers
  • incense
  • musical instruments

Other environmentally friendly alternative materials to plastics include wood, paper, cardboard (box), and fabric.

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