Always keep them handy! By keeping reusable bags with you at all times – at the office, in your car, etc., you can save dozens of plastic bags per grocery trip. Many stores will even offer a credit to you for using your own bags. They are sturdier and bigger than standard plastic grocery bags, thus more sustainable and safer for the environment.
Those little plastic microbeads that you can find in things like toothpaste, body scrub, face wash, etc., typically end up being washed down the drain. They are notorious for being absorbent to toxic pollutants and end up having a direct impact on the environment. They get washed down the drain and end up in the water system, full of those toxic pollutants. Fish and other sea life consume them, humans and animals eat the fish, thus it circles back to not only effecting animals and sea life, but the human population as well.
This sounds like a given, but in reality, only 34.5% of Americans recycle properly. Nine out of 10 people said they would recycle if it were “easier.” However, it doesn’t have to be a challenge. If you contact your township and acquire the proper recycling guidelines, you’d find that it’s not as difficult as you think! Some helpful tips include having a recycling bin in every room, know what should and shouldn’t be in them, wash anything that is to be placed in the bin (debris on recycled items can slow down the recycling process once collected), create a compost, and try buying items that are already made from recycled goods.
Instead of using plastic straws, buy reusable ones. Buy in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging smaller quantities utilize. Have reusable bottles on hand to avoid plastic bottles. Try eating more fresh foods. The frozen food section is not only less healthy, but it’s full of excess packaging, including plastic and boxes. Opt out of putting your produce in plastic bags. Produce should be washed anyways, and most fruits and vegetables tend to have their own naturally made “packaging,” so letting your produce hang loose is one step closer to eliminating plastic.
As mentioned, certain types of plastic have already been banned in a few areas. By contacting your local township or government office, you can do your part to help eliminate plastic pollution by convincing others to do the same.
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