Tuesday, April 21, 2015

10 Easy Everyday Ways to Lessen Plastic Use

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Have you ever challenged yourself to not buy one single piece of plastic when grocery shopping? It’s a challenge worthy of marathon efforts. Plastic is a part of our everyday life. But there are ways that busy people can reduce, refuse, repurpose and recycle the plastics that come our way no matter what.

We’ve cherry-picked from NationSwell ten ways to lessen plastic in our lives:

  1. Purchase beverages in glass or metal containers.
  2. For condiments such as ketchup, mustard and salad dressing, choose varieties that come in glass jars instead of squeeze bottles.  
  3. Skip the freezer section. While TV dinners may be convenient, they tend to come wrapped in excessive packaging. 
  4. Clean your home with all-natural ingredients that you might find in your kitchen — baking soda, lemons, vinegar — rather than buying bottles of toilet cleaner and bleach.
  5. For parties or at work, avoid using disposable cups and plastic utensils. Use real silverware and cups and wash them later or purchase compostable ones.
  6. Instead of using plastic tablecloths for parties and events, use the cloth table covers stored in your linen closet.  
  7. At the dry cleaners, bring your own garment bag for pickups or ask for your clothes to be returned free of plastic wrap.
  8. Place a lid or a plate on top of leftovers instead of reaching for plastic wrap. Mason jars or ceramic containers are also a great alternative to Tupperware and Ziploc baggies.
  9. Wrap food in aluminum foil or try beeswax-coated food wraps that can be used repeatedly.
  10. Reuse the bags that hold baked goods like bread for cleaning up after your dog.

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