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5 things you can start doing right now (with minimal effort) to reduce plastic waste

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  • Stop using plastic straws.
  • Skip the plastic lid for your coffee. (You’re supposed to sit and enjoy it anyway.)
  • When shopping, reach for the products packaged in paper or cardboard rather than plastic.
  • Ask for paper bags, or skip the plastic bag whenever you can. (Hellooo. Just throw it in your purse or work bag.)
  • When you do throw out plastics, make sure it’s in the recycling bin. (I’m looking at you, New Yorkers.)
  • An extra thing for the ladies: Use tampons without plastic applicators. (Yes, you can. By the way, do you know what your tampons are made of? If not, you need to check out Lola.)

You can do more things, but the ones below require a little more effort.

  • Start recycling. (Duh.)
    • You can make it easy for yourself by setting up a separate bin.
  • Quit plastic water bottles now! Instead, buy a refillable water bottle.
    • Here are some eco-friendly options. (The least expensive bottle is made by Kor Water.)
    • If you want to support startups and smaller organizations, check out Luxey Cup (based in Australia) and The Ethical Company (based in the UK).
  • Bring your own shopping bag to the grocery store.
    • If you always forget (because I do), then get a small foldable one that you can carry around in your purse or work bag.
  • Buy glass food containers instead of plastic. (They have mason jars at Whole Foods. It’s not that hard.)
    • They are actually similar in price and glass gives off a much cleaner feeling. (Amirite?)
  • Buy reusable and packable utensils.
  • Alright, sometimes you need the disposable stuff. When shopping for disposable products, look for the word “biodegradable” and get that.

Get on with it!

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