3 Ways to Reduce Single-Use Plastic in Your Life Today
The numbers are stark. According to the Earth Day Network, 13 billion tons of plastic will enter landfills or the environment by 2050. Currently only 9% of all plastic waste has actually been recycled. You’ve heard about the plastic crisis. It is real.
Though the problem may seem overwhelming, small changes in our lives can have a big impact.
With that in mind, here are 3 easy ways to become less reliant on single-use plastic today.
1. Ditch the single-use plastic baggies
According to Recycle Nation, the average American family uses 500 single-use plastic (or ziploc) baggies every year. Think of how you use plastic baggies. You probably use them once to pack a sandwich or leftovers and then throw them away. With over 120 million American families today, you can easily do the math to show how many single-use baggies are entering our oceans every year.
SOLUTION: Instead of buying single-use plastic baggies, buy a set of no waste bags that can easily be cleaned and reused.
2. Say NO to plastic straws
Americans use an estimated 500 million straws EVERY DAY. The number is staggering. And, it’s probably why we’ve seen a growing movement to eliminate the use of plastic straws.
SOLUTION: Consider alternatives to plastic straws like stainless steel or bamboo straws. These reusable straws are easy to clean and store.
3. Quit the plastic wrap habit
Plastic wrap is great for keeping food fresh, but obviously horrible for the planet. The good news? There are some great alternatives that work just as well and keep plastic out of our oceans.
SOLUTION: Consider bee’s wax-based or silicone wraps that also keep food fresh without the guilt.
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