Easy Swaps to Get Rid of Plastic

Ditch plastic from your home and kitchen with these easy swaps. Not only will you boost your health, you’ll clear up unwanted clutter, and will have a greener footprint, too.

Easy Swaps to Get Rid of Plastic

By Toni Gasparis

Using plastic for storing and covering food often seems like the easiest option, but in reality, relying on it so much can be hazardous both to the environment and your health. Instead, try these simple swaps for plastic to use instead. Some of them are as easy as using a reusable bag when grocery shopping or using a glass or aluminum water bottle. And if anything, recycling is always the way to go!


Watch: Elisabeth Leamy Describes What Plastic Does to Our Bodies

Use Wax Paper Bags

Use wax paper bags as to-go containers. Opt for reusable ones in fun prints as incentive for kids not to toss them after they take eat their snacks for the day.

Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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