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:

  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. Switch to glass storage containers at home. These are more sustainable, easier to clean and healthier for you.
  4. Switch to reusable water bottles and coffee cups.
  5. 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.