Want to purge the plastic from your life? It’s more pervasive than you may think. You might start your day by turning off a plastic alarm clock or hanging a towel on a plastic hook. Maybe you prep your lunch and store it in plastic containers. Or sit in a car that has plastic in its dashboard. At work, your desk may be partially made of plastic, as could a phone. If you take your kids to a sports event, one of the essentials they need may be made of plastic.

Plastic is bad for you and the planet

Plastic is everywhere. In addition to causing environmental problems, it has been shown to have serious health consequences. That’s because essential pieces of the plastic mixture, BPA and phthalates, can leach out over time. Prolonged exposure to those can cause a raft of health problems.

Plastic isn’t just bad for your health, it’s also harming our planet. No matter how long we use it, plastic can last for hundreds, or thousands of years, after we throw it away. Up to 8 million tons of our plastic trash is dumped into oceans every year causing harm to the marine environment, killing fish, whales and sea birds. Scientists estimate that by 2050 there may more plastic than fish in the ocean.

So for your health and the health of the planet, consider taking some steps to purge the plastic from your life. While you may not be able to eliminate plastic everywhere, the more you can avoid it the better. Consider your habits at home, at work, traveling and shopping. There are probably lots of ways you can reduce your plastic footprint by making a few easy switches. While Plaine Products can help you change out your plastic shampoo, conditioner and body wash bottles for aluminum ones this graphic offers some other ideas to help purge the plastic.