Tips to Reduce Your Use of Disposable Plastics!
- Use reusable shopping bags.
- Avoid buying unnecessarily packaged products like fruit and vegetables--choose the LOOSE produce and put it in your reusable, natural fiber produce bag (e.g., cotton, paper, etc).
- Buy in bulk as much as possible, taking your reusable bags and glass bottles to contain the products.
IN THE KITCHEN
- Cook from scratch to eliminate pre-packaged processed foods.
- Wrap melons, lettuce and other veggies in a wet cloth or tea towel instead of plastic wrap.
- Buy (or make) some beeswax wraps which can be used for sandwiches, cheeses and many other items; these can be washed and re-used.
- Store leftover foods in glass bowls covered with plates, and reuse glass jars from previously purchased food items (peanut butter, pasta sauces, etc.), rather than buying plastic food storage containers.
- Avoid using plastic garbage can liners (line with paper or nothing at all).
AROUND THE HOUSE
- Use bar soap instead of liquid hand soap.
- Use bar shampoo instead of bottled shampoo--alternatively purchase shampoo (and other liquid toiletry items) from bulk stores--and keep reusing the same bottles.
- Buy a bamboo or wooden toothbrush and make your own toothpaste!
- Look around your house, many, many plastic items, when they need to be replaced, can be replaced with non-plastic items.
OUT AND ABOUT
- Take your own cup to the coffee shop, meetings, etc. (most disposable coffee cups are LINED WITH PLASTIC!).
- Carry a reusable water bottle instead of purchasing bottled water and beverages.
- Take your own reusable food container to restaurants to take home the leftovers.
- Drinking straws are unnecessary, however if you must use one, there are reusable options (e.g., metal, glass, bamboo).
- Bamboo or wooden cutlery sets are ideal for picnics and potlucks, or better yet, just take your household cutlery and plates to such events.
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