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25 cheap and easy replacements for plastic in your home and kitchen

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  Plastics are convenient, but they're not always the only
  convenient option - there are plenty of opportunities to switch
  something out for an eco-friendly alternative. 
  
  The next time you run out of something plastic or disposable,
  try replacing it with one of the more environmentally friendly
  options below.  
  
  Read more: 14 companies that are
    capitalizing on the unpopularity of plastics

  If we're upfront about it, our total dependency on plastic makes
  sense.

  It's the kind of material that sounds borderline pie-in-the-sky:
  durable, versatile, flexible, long-lasting, and cheap.
  Understandably, we have obliged by including it in nearly every
  facet of modern life: garbage bags, credit cards, headphones,
  toothbrushes... the list goes on.

  But, unfortunately, this miracle material does have a fatal flaw
  - and it's wreaking havoc on the environment that sustains us. 
  Scientists estimate the ocean will be more plastic
  than fish in 2050, and images of sea turtles stuck in 6-pack
  plastic rings are so ubiquitous that we are almost entirely
  desensitized to the implication. The ecological damages are
  piling up faster than we can wean ourselves off the material
  itself. 

  The news regarding climate change
  is dire. It's no longer a question of if we will
  experience repercussions, but simply their severity. If want
  to make a difference - or take baby steps towards making a
  difference - you can start with actions like replacing plastics
  in your own home. 

  The next time you run out of something, replace it with a metal
  or glass alternative. Knowing you'll reuse something makes it a
  better value, and wood and metal alternatives tend to hit within
  the same price neighborhood as plastics with the secondary
  benefit of also looking much more high-end in a home. 

  There are habits you can develop to mitigate your impact (cut
  6-pack rings with scissors before they go in the trash, drink
  your cold brew without a straw), but your consumption is what is
  going to send the largest ripples without asking much of you in
  terms of convenience or cost.

  Below are 25 home goods that are replacements for
  plastics you might otherwise buy. If you want to make the
  eco-friendly choice, opt for one of these:

    In honor of Plastic Free July, at MSN we’re inviting our readers to join us in taking the Plastic Free July challenge. Click here to take the pledge and get tips on kicking the plastic habit, connect with others in your community, or donate to the Surfrider Foundation to help clean plastic pollution from our oceans.

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    • Plastics are convenient, but they're not always the only convenient option - there are plenty of opportunities to switch something out for an eco-friendly alternative.
    • The next time you run out of something plastic or disposable, try replacing it with one of the more environmentally friendly options below.
    • Read more: 14 companies that are capitalizing on the unpopularity of plastics

    If we're upfront about it, our total dependency on plastic makes sense.

    It's the kind of material that sounds borderline pie-in-the-sky: durable, versatile, flexible, long-lasting, and cheap. Understandably, we have obliged by including it in nearly every facet of modern life: garbage bags, credit cards, headphones, toothbrushes... the list goes on.

    But, unfortunately, this miracle material does have a fatal flaw - and it's wreaking havoc on the environment that sustains us. Scientists estimate the ocean will be more plastic than fish in 2050, and images of sea turtles stuck in 6-pack plastic rings are so ubiquitous that we are almost entirely desensitized to the implication. The ecological damages are piling up faster than we can wean ourselves off the material itself.

    The news regarding climate change is dire. It's no longer a question of if we will experience repercussions, but simply their severity. If want to make a difference - or take baby steps towards making a difference - you can start with actions like replacing plastics in your own home.

    The next time you run out of something, replace it with a metal or glass alternative. Knowing you'll reuse something makes it a better value, and wood and metal alternatives tend to hit within the same price neighborhood as plastics with the secondary benefit of also looking much more high-end in a home.

    There are habits you can develop to mitigate your impact (cut 6-pack rings with scissors before they go in the trash, drink your cold brew without a straw), but your consumption is what is going to send the largest ripples without asking much of you in terms of convenience or cost. 

    Read on for 25 home goods that are replacements for plastics you might otherwise buy. If you want to make the eco-friendly choice, opt for one of these>>
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