Rid your life of single use plastic and help save the planet in a few simple steps, some of which save you money.
We need to end the carbon era swiftly, and that includes plastics, especially single use plastics which are blanketing the planet in pollution. You as a consumer play a central role in helping to move the needle quickly.
Here are a few easy to implement ideas to end plastic use – and therefore single use plastic waste. Please share this post with friends and family to get as many people on board as quickly as possible. We are in a waste crisis.
Plastic is made from petroleum, plus some additives to give it desired properties for a specific product or packaging use.
Petroleum is refined and processed at petrochemical plants that pollute our world and create environmental justice communities whose residents are sickened by the toxic fumes.
Plastic is often a convenience, especially single use items, that can be easily replaced with something reusable and durable. Buying things that can be reused will save you money.
Only 9% of plastic is recycled.
The other 91% of plastic waste pollutes the soil and water or is burned with the rest of our garbage to further pollute our environment, negatively impact public health and contribute to the climate crisis. We cannot recycle our way out of this mess.
PLASTIC RECYCLING IS BROKEN
More and more of what we put in the blue bin isn’t actually being recycled. Why? Plastic recycling has switched from being revenue positive to being a cost center for Connecticut municipalities.
This is unsustainable. The only answer is to use less plastic (source reduction).
Norwalk has banned plastic stirrers and restricted single-use plastic straws at food and beverage establishments. Styrofoam containers and loose fill are also banned in the town thanks to the work of advocates including Skip The Straw.
Westport has banned all single-use plastics and styrofoam (polystyrene) at food service establishments thanks to the work of amazing advocates. This is the strictest ordinance in the state and the east coast. Note that where they once earned $20 a ton selling recyclable plastic, it now costs them $65 a ton to have it taken away according to the Westport News article about the ban.
Single use plastic is a luxury we can no longer afford.
We are in the middle of a waste crisis.
Please reduce your plastic consumption rapidly and extensively whether there’s a ban in your town or not.
Please replace all single use plastic with reusable or compostable items. Paper is better than plastic. Reusables are even better. Anything but plastic please. Even if you recycle.
How many of our personal sustainability pledges can you take with your family?
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Stop buying plastic bottled water. Take our pledge and learn what to do instead.
Stop accepting plastic bags. Take our pledge and learn what to do instead.
Stop accepting plastic straws. Take our pledge and learn what to do instead.
Stop accepting dry cleaning in plastic bags. Take our pledge and learn what to do instead.
Stop using plastic produce bags, even if they’re compostable.
Stop using single use food storage bags.
Stop using plastic food wrap.
Carry your own cutlery (and napkin) to avoid plastic that’s unrecyclable.
Buy loose rather than plastic packaged produce and fruits.
“When you are in a crisis, you change your behavior.” – Greta Thunberg, Swedish climate activist