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Act on Plastic Pollution

YOU MIGHT KNOW THE 3 Rs — REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE — BUT WE SUGGEST 3 MORE:

REDUCE

REUSE

RECYCLE

REMOVE

REFUSE

RALLY


REDUCE

Reduce your own plastic waste. Start by using our plastic calculator to track how much you use — then you can take steps to reduce your use and waste.


REUSE

Always choose quality and durability over convenience. Single-use bags, cups, and other products usually cost you more in the long term — and definitely cost our planet.

Bring your own reusable shopping and produce bags to markets, and avoid using single-use plastic bags.


Bring your own reusable coffee cup when going out to get beverages.


Like sipping through straws? Get a durable stainless steel, glass, or bamboo one to use instead of wasteful plastic ones.


Instead of buying water in plastic bottles, invest in a water filter and trusty water bottle(s). Bonus: it’s cheaper in the long run.


Make your own reusable cloth bags from old t-shirts, using basic sewing skills (or no sewing at all). (Find simple instructions online).


Choose clothing and other personal items made from earth-friendly materials instead of microfibers and other synthetic fibers, which pollute our water. (Even more ways to green your style.)


Bring a reusable container to a restaurant with you when you expect to have leftovers.

RECYCLE

Find the plastics you no longer need and dispose of them properly. If you can, replace them with long-lasting options.


REMOVE

Pick up trash in your neighborhood and when visiting parks and beaches. Check local safety guidelines first, and always use gloves!


REFUSE

This one’s simple: Just make a habit of saying “No straw, please,” and “I brought my own cup, thanks.” It’s a small step, but an easy way to see what you can live without.


RALLY

Does your city or state have bans on single-use plastics? Send a letter or call your local elected leaders, urging them to ban plastic bags and other single-use plastic items.

Share our Plastic Toolkit and Primer and plastic calculator with your friends.

Vote for candidates committed to protecting and improving our environment.

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