Plastic Free July

This month, we’re celebrating Plastic Free July—a few weeks dedicated to reducing our reliance on single-use plastics.

Published July 01, 2016

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Many of the disposable plastics that make their way into landfills ultimately find their way to the sea. Once there, they break into smaller and smaller pieces but never completely decompose. Scientists estimate more than 5 trillion tiny pieces of plastic already occupy the ocean, and as more single-use plastics enter the waste stream, that number grows.

The challenge (should you choose to accept it) is to refuse single-use plastics throughout the month of July. Here are a few quick tips to get you started:

Skip the straw. This one seems simple, but sometimes you’re given a straw without asking. Next time you’re out to eat, ask your server not to put a straw in your drink. 

Bag the plastic. Replace plastic and paper with reusable bags (and not just at the grocery store). Keep one at the ready in your purse, car or at the office for that next impromptu shopping trip.

Pack it up. On-the-go lunches can contain a lot of plastic. Start with a reusable lunch box, and try to eliminate single-serving snacks. Take it one step further by ditching disposable snack bags and choosing a reusable option instead!

Choose your cup. Designate a coffee mug for the office and a refillable water bottle for the gym. Hosting a party? Make it B.Y.O.C. (bring your own cup).

Say no to single-use silverware. Keep a set of silverware at the office or in your car, so when you’re grabbing lunch on the go you can skip the plastic alternative. Some companies even make multi tools for an all-in-one fork, knife and spoon! 

Do you have more tips for ditching disposable plastics? Share them in the comment section!

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