The Problem With Single-Use Plastic & How You Can Avoid It

Many of us were taught as children to leave places cleaner than we found them. Yet, as adults, many of us have forgotten this fundamental rule when it comes to the planet.

Single-use plastic includes products such as straws, bags, and bottles; pretty much any plastic item that’s made for temporary use.

Although we might not think much of it when we buy bottles of our favorite drink or ask for plastic bags when we’re in the checkout line at the grocery store, these choices have a serious impact on the health of our planet and ourselves.

What’s the big deal about single-use plastic?

Apparently, a lot. First, single-use plastic is not a controlled issue found in specific areas. Due to their light weight, plastic items can travel great distances by the wind alone, having a far greater reach of contamination than their size would indicate.

Stop buying bottled water

Avoid buying bottled drinks when you’re thirsty. Instead, drink from water fountains or take a reusable, non-plastic water bottle with you and fill it with your favorite drink before leaving home.

Skip the straw

When your order a drink, say no to the straw. If you absolutely need one, make sure to bring your own reusable straw.

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