I recently watched Plastic Oceans and I could not believe that this is actually how bad a state our oceans are in. Most of us go about our everyday life and although we hear that single-use plastic is an issue, we don’t/can’t make the connection until we have a visual (at least that was me). The reality is that unless we take measures now, there will be more plastic than marine life in the oceans by 2050—that is a sobering thought. I love the ocean and to think that there may come a time when my future grandkids will not be able to enjoy the beauty of it saddens me.
Here is a list of five quick and inexpensive ways that you can reduce your single-use plastic consumption:
- Use reusable produce bags. Most grocery stores have reusable bags for purchase and they’re washable. Did you know that a single plastic bag can take 1,000 years to degrade?
- Purchase food like cereal, pasta and rice from bulk bins and fill a reusable bag or container. You will save both money and unnecessary packaging. At a minimum, buy your fresh fruits and vegetables loose and not pre-packaged.
- Switch to glass storage containers at home. These are more sustainable, easier to clean and healthier for you.
- Switch to reusable water bottles and coffee cups.
- Stop using plastic straws, even in restaurants. Some establishments are now using paper straws or have moved away from straws altogether. A great alternative if you must use a straw are stainless steel straws.