Recently, we’ve been very focused on potential threats to our water supply, particularly with regard to the Michindoh Aquifer. However, there are many other threats to our water supply and environment that we can start taking actionable steps toward alleviating. One of the problems is billions of single use plastics ending up in our lakes, rivers, and oceans. Here are 18 ways from the Green Education Foundation that we can reduce our use of plastics:
- Stop using plastic straws. If you want one, purchase a reusable stainless steel or glass straw.
- Use a reusable shopping bag.
- Give up gum, which is made of a synthetic rubber (i.e., plastic).
- Buy products in boxes instead of bottles and recycle the boxes.
- Purchase food from bulk bins, filling a reusable bag or container.
- Reuse containers for storing leftovers or shopping in bulk.
- Use a reusable bottle or mug for your beverages, even when ordering on the go.
- Bring your own container for take-out or your to-go box.
- Use matches instead of disposable plastic lighters or invest in a refillable metal lighter.
- 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. Plus you’ll be eating fewer processed foods!
- Don’t use plasticware at home and be sure to request restaurants do not pack them in your take-out box.
- 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.
- Use cloth diapers instead of disposable.
- Make fresh squeezed juice or eat fruit instead of buying juice in plastic bottles.
- Make your own cleaning products that will be less toxic and eliminate the need for multiple plastic bottles of cleaner.
- Pack your lunch in reusable containers and bags.
- Opt for fresh fruits and veggies and bulk items instead of products that come in single serving cups.
- Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of a disposable razor.
To learn more, check out the fact sheet on single use plastics.