How to Reduce Plastic Use
The waste we produce as humans remains a significant obstacle in taking care of our planet. Plastic, specifically, makes up an alarming portion of that waste. When you think about how many household products are stored in plastic containers, that number comes as no surprise, and neither does the fact that it is ever increasing.
Your commitment to sustainability can start with how you dispose of plastic waste. The team at Dial is here to raise awareness around recycled plastic and other sustainable options and help you understand how you might reduce your plastic use.
How to Use Less Plastic
The amount of waste humans generate calls for immediate action to reduce our use of plastic. But where do you start, and how can you make a difference? Here are some simple tips on how to reduce plastic use in your everyday life.
Use Refillable Products
Refillable products are a great way to directly combat overusing plastic. Instead of using a bottle of hand soap and then throwing it away, refill it. One Dial Foaming Handwash Concentrated Refill packet use 95% less plastic versus purchasing one Dial 7.5oz foaming handwash bottle, and the Dial® Foaming Hand Wash Concentrated Refill Starter Kit contains three concentrated refill packets plus one foaming hand wash bottle that can be used again and again. Dial also has fully constituted refills for liquid hand soaps like Dial® Spring Water Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap Refill that allow you to replenish the same container rather than throwing it away.
Reusable containers made of plastic, glass, steel, or another durable material are great alternatives to disposable plastics. Store food and other items in reusable containers and then wash them so they’re ready for reuse the next day. The same goes for water bottles, cleaners, straws, and more. When storing food, keep in mind that you can substitute single-use food plastic food storage wrap with reusable choices such as beeswax wrap or silicone to reduce your plastic waste production.
Look for Products Made with Recycled Plastics
When you’re deciding which products to buy off the shelves, know that some product packaging may be made with some percentage of recycled plastic, often called PCR (Post-Consumer Recycled). Recycled plastic packaging repurposes old plastic which may reduce the plastic waste that ends up in our landfills and oceans. . *Projected based on shipments over the 52-week period ending 9/1/21. Learn more about Dial’s partnership with Plastic Bank and our sustainability mission.
Swap Plastic Water Bottles with Reusable Bottles
While it may seem more convenient for you to buy water in plastic bottles, this may be one of the biggest culprits in excessive plastic use. In place of these single-use plastic bottles, invest in a reusable water bottle. Aside from their sustainability, they’re also durable, some can regulate temperature, and they may be more affordable in the long run.
Join Dial® in Our Commitment to Sustainability
You can help achieve an eco-friendly lifestyle by being conscious of both your purchasing decisions and your waste disposal habits. To reinforce our commitment to sustainability, Dial® has chosen field experts to help continue to share our mission and initiatives to promote healthy handwashing hygiene and sustainability habits to be a part of our Count on Clean Crew. As part of the Count on Clean Crew, Dial has partnered with Jhánneu, an expert in sustainability whose content is dedicated to inspiring and educating on low-waste products and living a sustainable lifestyle. Dial® is proud to partner with Jhánneu in our mission to infuse sustainability into every aspect of our lifestyles. Learn more about Jhánneu and her work to instill sustainable values and practices in our lives.