Plastic pollution is a major concern across the world. No matter how small you may think you can do, it will make a difference. Here are 5 sustainability resources for both websites and mobile apps to minimize your contribution to the problem.
Small acts done sustainably can go a long way in the fight against plastic pollution. Mihir Patkar of MUO suggested 5 sustainability resources to help you deal with your daily plastic usage.
Web resources to help manage plastic usage
1. Plastic Footprint Calculator
This can help translate your plastic consumption into hard data, it calculates your carbon footprint. Developed by the wizards at Omni Calculator, it can help know your annual plastic consumption through a series of questions. It will be surprising how much you have accumulated plastic wastes.
The questions are simple but you may need to go around your house and do some estimations to answer them. It would be difficult to really know the exact figure but try to be as close to the reality. After going through the questions, the site will calculate your annual plastic footprint.
2. Plastic Free July
Unknowingly, plastic usage has become a habit. And by making small changes, you can alter bad habits. The site is a 30-day challenge to minimize plastic usage at a time. You can customize it to make it monthly or so.
It focuses on the four single-use plastic items namely bags, water bottles, takeaway cups, and straws. The challenge is to start from them and aim to achieve plastic-free for a month or so. The website provides many helpful advice on how to minimize these single-use plastics.
3. My Plastic Free Life
You can see how Beth Terry, the site owner, shared her experiences and the lessons learned in her blog. Over time, she has become a strong activist against plastic. My Plastic Free Life aims to teach you how to quit plastic.
For beginners, the best way to start is in her 100 Steps to Get Started blog page. You can find some of the best guides for recycling. It offers lots of advice for changes, alternatives and substitutes to help lessen plastic consumption. All the suggestions come from Beth’s personal experience and other followers.
Sustainability Resources: Free Mobile apps
1. My Little Plastic Footprint
This free app can help you assess your daily habits that affects your plastic consumption and suggests ways to change. Firstly, the apps encourage you to know your plastic footprint and compare your result with others in your country. It compartmentalizes your house by rooms, and suggests some non-plastic alternatives.
The app has a quiz for your plastic awareness. By going through the series of questions about different rooms or sections in your house for behavioral changes. You may want to go through a plastic diet with this app.
2. My Plastic Diary
This free mobile app offers a simple interface to monitor your plastic consumption to help you reduce its usage. Each person uses an average of 30 kilograms of plastics each year. Start by setting a goal to lower your plastic consumption. Then, the app can convert this into daily plastic limits to make it doable.Every time you use any plastic items like bags, food packaging, household items, and others, mark them in the app. Having the average weight for each, the app will come up with a plastic scoring system. It will let you know how harmful these plastics can be to the natural environment.