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.
Our top 3 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 impact by reducing the amount of packaging that is recycled or put in the landfill. It also creates a 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! You can ditch the produce bags by giving your fruits and veggies a quick wash with our produce wash.
- Push yourself to prepare yourself! A little planning can go a long way in reducing your environmental footprint. Log a grocery list to stay strategic during your shopping trip. Simple practices like refraining from buying a coffee unless you have your reusable cup can help change your behavior over time. And always have a few extra containers and bags on deck to reduce your single-use waste.