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We've Got a Plastic Problem

As a planet, we’ve got a plastic problem. A big one.

New research from the UK and Norway shows how plastic pollution damages or destroys natural resources – and it turns out ocean plastic pollution costs the planet $2.5 trillion per year.

Plastic is a lightweight, flexible, strong, and relatively inexpensive material. While incredibly durable, it’s also slow to degrade. Over the past five decades, global production of plastic has continued to rise, leaving behind an estimated 8 million tons of plastic entering the world’s oceans each year. 

This plastic consumption is affecting the world ecosystem. According to the United Nations, over 800 animal species including fish, seabirds, turtles and other marine animals are directly affected by marine debris, with 80 percent of that debris coming from plastic litter.

But each of us have the power to do our part to reduce our plastic waste. Here are a few tips to reduce your own consumption of single-use plastics and be a little greener every day:

Say ‘goodbye’ to single-use plastic.

Try to reduce your use of plastic items like grocery bags, plastic wrap, disposable cutlery, and straws and replace them with reusable versions. Make reusable items a habit in your daily routine.

Switch to reusable canvas bags.

Bring reusable bags to the grocery store with you instead of using single-use plastic bags. Keep them in your car or near your coat jackets so you don’t forget to bring them to the store with you.

When grocery shopping, opt for reusable cotton produce bags (they’re machine washable!) or simply shop loosey-goosey!

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Bring your own garment bags.

Skip the plastic dry cleaning bags and provide your dry cleaner with your own zippered fabric bags. They’re great to reuse and make it incredibly easy if you’re packing for a business trip!

Say hello to glass.

Embrace using glass instead of plastic.

Perfect as a reusable water bottle, or even to restock your home with bulk items like nuts & grains. If you use plastic jars at the grocery store, stop by the cashier first to get the jar weight so you can subtract that weight when you checkout.

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