2. Refuse plastic bags and bring your own reusable bags wherever you go – heck, while you're at it, REFUSE all single-use disposable plastics
Plastic bags are often used for minutes only before being discarded. And most plastic bags are not recycled, thus ending up in landfills – where they take hundreds of years to break down – or in the environment as toxic pollution.
There are now all kinds of reusable bags out there. Choose what works for you, and carry it with you in your pocket, coat, purse or car. We offer various ones here, including bags for produce.
4. Use non-plastic containers for food – lunches, leftovers, freezing, storage, take-out, travelling...
There are now a variety of options to help you avoid using plastic for storing food...and avoiding polluting and leaching disposable take-out containers:
stainless steel and glass containers – airtight and non-airtight – with stainless steel lids
layered tiffins – for carrying various items at once in separate layers (e.g., nuts, fruit, chips, hummus, rize, curry...whatever)
insulated stainless steel thermal containers – for hot meals on the go
compartmentalized bento boxes made of stainless steel and wood – designed for sushi, fabulous for any lunch
again, don't underestimate the easy utility of the ubiquitous mason jar
10. Have fun living with less plastic – don't let the enormity of the plastic problem get you down!
Sure, plastic waste is a huge problem, and it is a real drag that chemicals are coming out of plastics and being eaten and absorbed by people and wildlife all over the world, but remember, waves of change are in motion all around you, and you are part of a community of people who are commited to using less plastic.
So have fun with your plastic-free journey – be innovative and creative in looking for new ways to express your life without plastic.
Mike Barkley wrote:When a store clerk tries to give me a plastic bag I always say "No thanks. Save a plastic tree." Sometimes followed by "plastic is evil".