Six simple choices you can make every day to help reduce your plastic impact on our blue planet.

Pick up a refillable water bottle like those from our friends at que Bottles and Liberty Bottleworks

Did you know…

  • 50 billion plastic bottles of water are sold every year.
  • 86% of  plastic bottles end up in landfills or polluting the ocean.
  • Plastic bottles are made from a petroleum product known as polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and they require huge amounts of fossil fuels to both make and transport.

 

Add a reusable shopping bag to your purse, backpack, or everyday carry routine

  •  Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year, which require 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture.
  • Only 1% of plastic bags are returned for recycling.
  • Avian and Marine life are being strangled by discarded shopping bags and other items.

 

#StopSucking // Avoid using plastic straws and encourage your favorite hangout to provide straws only when asked

  •  Americans use 500 million drinking straws every day.
  • Plastic straws in the ocean often injure and kill wildlife, including endangered sea turtles.
  • Up to 80% of ocean plastic pollution enters the ocean from land.

 

Don’t use microbeads // Get rid of the microbeads in your cabinet by checking the ingredients on products.

  • If you see the following ingredients: polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethlyl methacrylate (PMMA) or nylon, then skip that product because it has microbeads.
  • Before they were banned, it was estimated that products with microbeads caused 808 trillion pieces of plastic to swirl down Americans’ drains and into our water supply.
  • While they were banned in many places, many homes may still have old products containing microbeads.

 

Don’t buy synthetic clothing

  • When buying clothing, avoid synthetic materials if possible.
  • Buy high-quality products because the lower-quality ones tend to shed much more plastic microfibers over their lifespan.
  • Microfibers are eaten by tiny organisms, like plankton, and accumulate in the bodies of the animals further up the food chain.

 

Wash synthetic clothing carefully

  • If you have clothing made of a synthetic material, wash those items less often & do not use hot water. Spot-clean when you can.
  • Researchers have found that 25% of fish and shellfish sold at markets contain plastic.
  • Look into options like the Cora Ball, which can help trap plastic microfibers during the wash process.

Now you’re ready to reduce your plastic impact on our blue planet!

What other choices can you think of to reduce the amount of plastic you use? What’s your go-to reusable bottle or bag? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!