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Tips to Reduce Your Use of Disposable Plastics!

WHEN SHOPPING

  • 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.

Sources and Additional Resources:
plasticfreejuly.org

breakfreefromplastic.org

plasticpollutionsolutions.com.au