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15 Ways To Create Less Plastic Waste

Check out these simple ways you can start reducing the plastic waste you generate in your every day activities and use less plastic. 

Here are 15 ways to reduce your plastic waste:

  1.  Stop using plastic straws, even when in restaurants. If a straw is a must, purchase a reusable stainless steel, or glass straw or even a pasta made straw
  2. Use a reusable produce bag. A single plastic bag can take 400 years to degrade. Purchase or make your own reusable produce bag and be sure to wash them when you take them home and recycle
  3. Give up chewing gum. Gum is made of a synthetic rubber that is a form of plastic, chew some fruit
  4. Buy boxes instead of bottles. Often, products like laundry or washing detergent come in cardboard which is more easily recycled than plastic.
  5. Purchase food, like cereal, pasta, and rice from bulk bins and fill a reusable bag or container. You save money and unnecessary packaging each time and can see the actual product. 
  6. Use a reusable bottle or mug for your beverages, even when ordering from a to-go shop like Starbucks
  7. Bring your own container for take-out or your restaurant doggy-bag since many restaurants use styrofoam. Even better ask for smaller portions to save on waste.
  8. Use matches instead of disposable plastic lighters or invest in a refillable metal lighter. 
  9. Avoid buying frozen foods because their packaging is mostly plastic. Even those that appear to be cardboard are coated in a thin layer of plastic. This can also benefit in eating less processed food.
  10. Ask your local grocer to take your plastic containers (for berries, tomatoes, etc.) back. If you shop at a farmers market they can refill it for you.
  11. The EPA estimates that 7.6 billion pounds of disposable diapers are discarded in the US each year. Use cloth diapers to reduce your baby’s carbon footprint and save money. 
  12. Make freshly squeezed fruit juice or eat fruit instead of buying juice in plastic bottles. It’s healthier and better for the environment.
  13. Make your own cleaning products that will be less toxic and eliminate the need for multiple plastic bottles of cleaner.
  14. Pack your lunch in reusable containers and bags. Also, go for fresh fruits and veggies and bulk items instead of products that come in single serving cups.
  15. Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of a disposable razor

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