Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Posted on June 30 2018
Author: Julie Fish, Sustainability Steward
Because plastic is so lightweight it travels quickly and is swept into the environment where it stays indefinitely until a caring being properly recycles it. Even then it will be down-cycled into another plastic product of lesser value, such as a plastic bottle being turned into a plastic bag.
We are excited to take our commitment to reduce plastic one step further by offering our Bellingham Farmers Market booth as a drop off station for clean plastics and any SWB packaging!
You can find our booth every Saturday from 10am-3pm at the BFM.
We will accept:
- Any SWB packaging you no longer need or cannot recycle such as spray nozzles and plastic hygienic seals; although, we suggest trying to get more use out of our reusable packaging.
- Any clean plastics that cannot be recycled with curbside service such as-
- plastic wrap
- plastic bags
- bubble wrap
- plastic mailers such as Amazon packaging
Our go-to ways to reduce plastic:
- Invest in reusable→ whether it’s your water bottle or grocery bag, cutting down on single use plastic and convenience has a measurable environmental and social impact because others around you note your commitment and evaluate their choices.
- Buy raw and in bulk→ let’s face it, when you buy food that doesn’t come in a plethora of packaging, it’s likely healthier food. If your grocery store has a bulk section, bring your containers, take the tare weight, and fill away. And if your grocery store does not offer a bulk section, ask them to!
- Push yourself to prepare yourself→ a little planning can go a long way in your personal environmental footprint. Log a grocery list to stay determined during your shopping trip, don't reward yourself with a coffee unless you have your reusable cup, the list goes on.