3 Very Basic Switches You Can Make to Cut Down on Plastic
Reducing plastic use doesn't mean you have to throw out all the plastic in your life. There are easier ways to make a big difference. Here are 3 of the biggest:
1. Buy a water bottle you love - yes, that is the number one switch! If you love the color, the design, the brand and their philosophy - you will more likely use it. I have to confess I have several, but all used for different occasions. My S’well is my go-to every day bottle because it keeps my fruit water cold - all the time. My Zojirushi thermal bottle keeps my daily coffee or tea hot - really hot - which is how I like it. While traveling I bring along either my Fressko camino cup for take-out coffee or again, my 9oz version S’well. Single-use water or juice bottles are one item I refuse to pay for!
Anyhow, all this to say - bring your favourite water bottle with you - everyday. Leave it near your bag so you remember it every morning on your way out the door. You’ll be surprised that if you ask, any restaurant or shop will fill up for you.
2. Have your reusable shopping bag handy. Shopping bags and grocery bulk produce bags are another environmentally harmful single-use plastic. I know it’s not always easy to have those bulky shopping bags on you at all times, but for the everyday on-the-fly purchase, I carry “one” scrunch-able and compact reusable bag - the ones that fold back into a little pouch - that’s the one that gets used over and over. Since it’s light, super compact and surprisingly large, I can say no thanks to most single-use shopping bags for my purchases.
3. Bring Along reusable take-out food boxes - for lunch at least. Ok this one is a little trickier. I’ll admit I’ve forgotten mine many times and just kicking myself because I do have some! What I do now is leave some clean containers at my work - that way if I need to pick up a snack or lunch, I have it available. Taking out leftovers after an evening meal is harder. We do have some great options that are foldable and light weight now
… it going to get easier each time.
How do you reduce plastic use in your life? Share your tips in the comments below.