There are plenty of mind-boggling stats that agitate me. Worldwide, we buy 1 million plastic bottles per minute. Only 23% get recycled. In other words, by the time you finish reading this article, 3,850,000 more plastic bottles will be introduced into our environment … forever. Not good. That should make you want to do something about it as well.
We don't have grand illusions that picking up trash around our neighborhood and avoiding single-use plastic for a month during #PlasticFreeFeb will fix our planet. But we will absolutely do our part to raise awareness and influence change. Part of that influence is educating and sharing tips for what you can do the help.
We can all acknowledge that our decisions are driven by ease and convenience. I get it. I’m in the same boat. Good news, there are countless ways to reduce our daily plastic use that won’t rock your “ease and convenience” boat too much. I’ve listed 15 of my favorites below.
5 easy things you know about but still need to do:
5 more easy things that don’t take any extra time:
5 more easy thing that take a small speck of effort:
13 - Buy products packaged in paper instead of plastic. This can be tricky since some paper-based packaging has a plastic layer of film so you’ll have to do a little homework, but here is easy example. Buy pasta in boxes vs plastic.
Here’s the reality. Not all of these tips will work for every individual person and yes I understand that it take 2 more seconds of effort. That’s fine. Pick a few that you can implement and stick with. Understand that your impact is multiplied as you influence others as well. It's a small investment to make on behalf of our environment and our future.
Half the battle is awareness. The other half is action. We can’t win this battle ourselves and it certainly won’t happen overnight but our goal for the #PlasticFreeFeb challenge is to make strides in the right direction. Your support and action will help.
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Journal - 15 Quick Tips to Reduce Plastic Use
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