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Single-use plastic makes up 80-90% of all garbage in our landfills and oceans!

Changing the way the public views 'disposable' convenience products will change the way single-use plastics impact our environment. We will continue to add additional replacement suggestions to the chart every month; check this page for regular updates. (Contact us to submit your alternatives)

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REPLACEMENT SUGGESTIONS

ALTERNATIVES

Stainless-steel bottles are an excellent alternative to plastic bottles. Immediate reduction of single-use consumer products is crucial to the protection of life on Earth.

When ordering take-out food or hosting a party, consider using flatware instead of plastic utensils. Too often, plastic utensils are not recycled.

To help save money and resources, wash plastic food storage bags after every use. I had been buying bags and throwing them away after only one use! Many of the products I buy are also sold in reclosable bags. Once I started washing and reusing these plastic bags, I significantly reduced the number of new bags I purchased.

The number of plastic shopping bags hanging in trees and floating in our oceans exceeds the number of bags now lying in landfills and recycling centers. Consider switching to canvas bags. It is a good idea to keep some in your car; I can't tell you how many times I have forgotten my cloth bags and had to juggle loose purchases while walking to the car.

Many coffee and juice shops are attempting to go green by offering cups made PLA (Polylactic Acid). Until there are adequate recycling programs for this type of plastic, consider purchasing a re-usable tumbler for your beverages. Doing so will drastically reduce the use of non-recyclable plastic cups.

Plastic plates were introduced as a solution to soggy, flimsy paper plates. However, many paper plate manufacturers have improved the quality of their products. These improved plates are now available in decorative designs and colors to jazz up your special events. Paper plates are a great eco-friendly alternative!

Most drinking straws are never recycled and 99% of them are used just once. When floating in our oceans, straws are frequently mistaken for food and ingested by marine life. Retro paper straws are a fun, colorful alternative and best of all, they are 100% biodegradable. If you purchase straws, consider going retro!

These colored plastic cups are popular. Unfortunately, recycling programs are not available for this type of plastic. Cups that do not end up in landfills often end up in oceans. The more colorful the plastic, the more likely that marine life and birds will mistake it for food. There are companies producing some really cool paper cup designs; you can have a colorful, eco-friendly event by offering paper cups.

Have you noticed how much plastic packaging is used in grocery stores? Product packagers claim that consumers prefer plastics. Many food grade plastics contain BPA; a chemical you'll want to avoid! Instead of using plastic bags to carry fruits and vegetables to the check stand for purchase, consider bringing your own paper sacks. Whenever possible, consider buying food from bulk containers and using your own paper bags.

Plastic wrap has to be one of the most deadly forms of plastic pollution floating in our oceans today. Marine turtles often mistake plastic wrap for jellyfish and eat it. Turtles that ingest plastic wrap usually die because they cannot digest it.To help reduce your use of plastic wrap, consider using aluminum foil whenever possible.

Instead of storing food in disposable plastic containers, consider using glass jars. Glass lasts longer and does not contain BPA. If purchasing empty jars does not fit into your budget, glass spaghetti sauce jars are an excellent alternative. This is another item I was throwing away until I learned to wash and reuse them. I was pleased to learn that some jar manufacturers place measurement marks on the sides of their jars that are particularly helpful for re-use.


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