Every bit of plastic ever created still exists. It’s toxic and never goes away. So the less we can use, the better.
Single-use, disposable plastic is presenting the biggest problem for our environment. Here are 10 easy ways to make a big difference:
1. Cloth Grocery Bags or Baskets
Plastic bags are typically used no more than an hour or two and then sit in landfills for hundreds of years. They are the epitome of consumerism and wastefulness, along with plastic water bottles.
2. Metal Water Bottles
It takes 450 years for a plastic water bottle to breakdown into microscopic pieces. It will never fully biodegrade. They can’t actually be recycled, only down-cycled. They are easily replaced:
3. Metal Lunch boxes
In stead of packing your kid’s lunch (or yours) with a bunch of plastic baggies, get one of these metal boxes with compartments:
4. Skip Plastic Produce Bags
There’s no need for the plastic produce bags. Just put your produce all together in a big basket or bag. Or if you’re really neurotic, you can buy these:
5. Just Say No to Plastic Cutlery and Straws
Disposable cutlery and straws are among the worst plastic pollution culprits. Like plastic bags and bottles, they’re used just once, for a few minutes, and then thrown away.
Keep metal or wooden utensils set in your purse or travel pack.
6. Carry Your Own Cup
Americans throw away 25 billion styrofoam coffee cups each year. Even the paper cups are lined with plastic. A growing number of eco-friendly coffee shops now offering discounts for bringing your own cup.
7. Dine In When You Go Out
8. Glassware for Leftovers
Replace Ziplock bags and plastic Gladware with glassware or mason jars for storing leftover food at home.
9. Cloth or Paper Diapers
Most diapers are made with plastic and are loading up landfills by the ton. Here are a couple of alternatives:
10. Buy Your Shampoo and Soap in Bars
Shampoo bars are healthier for your hair and the planet. And there’s really no reason to buy liquid soap.