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Posted on: June 18, 2021

Plastic Free July

No Plastic

18 things that you can do to reduce plastic:

  1. Bring Your Own Shopping Bag
    • If necessary, choose paper bags.
  2. Purchase Secondhand
  3. Buy Loose & in Bulk 
    • Buy items you can purchase often in bulk with little to no packaging. Look for sustainable packaging options like glass or cardboard. 
  4. Use Cloth Diapers 
    • 7.6 billion pounds of diapers are discarded in the U.S. each year!
  5. Stop Buying Bottled Water
  6. Ditch Straws
    • If needed, use paper or metal alternatives.
  7. Make Your Own Cleaning Products
    • Use nontoxic ingredients to improve indoor air quality and eliminate the need for multiple plastic bottle cleaners. 
  8. Skip Products with Microbeads 
    • These beads pass through water treatment plants and cause harm to animals.
  9. Use Reusable Containers 
    • Skip plastic baggies or wrap. Use green durable alternatives such as glass jars, cloth produce bags, or beeswax wrap. 
  10. Recycle! 
  11. Cook Like a Natural 
    • If you cook with less processed food, you'll reduce packaging waste. 
  12. Shave Smart
    • Eliminate plastic disposal razors. Use razors with replaceable blades. 
  13. Keep a Zero-Waste Kit
    • When planning a day out, pack your travel mug, metal container, jar for leftovers, napkin, and real utensils.
  14. Use Natural Sponges
    • Use cotton rags or cellulose sponges like loofah, hemp, or bamboo
  15. Skip K-cups!
    • Grind your own coffee or have it ground at the store. 
  16. Shop at a Farmers Market 
    • Buy fresh, local, unpackaged produce! 
  17. Don't Trash It! Compost it! 
    • Composting reduces plastic garbage bags and lowers CO2 emissions. Compost helps grow unpackaged food. 
  18. Refuse Stuff
    • Tell your server you don't want a straw or brought your own cutlery or takeout container.

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