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What Can I Do About Plastic? Learn About Your Plastic Consumption


Additional Guides for Cutting Back on Plastic

The most complete guide for the individual: 100 Steps to a Plastic Free Life

The Plastic Pollution Coalition's guide: Start Living Plastic Free

The National Resources Defense Council: 10 Ways to Reduce Plastic Pollution

The best way to recycle packing peanuts, plastic bags, cap & lids, jugs & bottles and plastic wrap & film: Earth911 Recycling Guide (click on Plastic)

Calculate your personal plastic footprint (Simple Calculator) ‚Äč

How Can I Reduce My Plastic Footprint?

There are many ways we can reduce our plastic footprint. While the problem may seem overwhelming, the solutions don't have to be. Start by picking just 3 actions from the list below and see how they work for you (baby steps). Once you get the hang of it and start changing your behavior, you can pick 3 more and so on...

  • Say "paper, not plastic" at the grocery store

  • Bring your own cloth bags to the grocery store (or any store)

  • Don't buy beverages bottles in plastic; glass is great

  • When ordering drinks, say "no straw please!" Check out straws made from glass available from GlassDharma

  • Carry your own reusable steel or ceramic beverage container for to-go coffee or hot drinks

  • Carry your own reusable utensils when you get take-out food

  • Purchase fresh fruits and veggies not packaged in plastic

  • Don't buy convenience foods packaged in plastic

  • Buy bread from bakeries that package in paper

  • Clean with baking soda and vinegar instead of cleaners packaged in plastic

  • Buy laundry detergent in boxes, not liquid in plastic containers

  • Give up chewing gum. Did you know almost all chewing gum is made from plastic?

  • Store all your food in glass containers instead of plastic

  • Bring your own containers to restaurants to package leftovers

  • Buy milk in paper cartons

  • Buy cloth diapers instead of disposable ones

  • Buy peanut butter, mayo, ketchup, etc. that is packaged in glass containers rather than plastic

  • Use matches instead of plastic encased lighters

  • Talk to your local grocery store and tell them to stop wrapping vegetables in plastic and to carry more items in glass than in plastic bottles
And of course, RECYCLE!

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