The 6 Rs of Plastic Pollution
Plastic pollution can create big problems for human and ecosystem health. Everyday actions, however, can lessen the problem.
YOU MIGHT KNOW THE 3 Rs — REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE — BUT WE SUGGEST 3 MORE:
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.
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.
Find the plastics you no longer need and dispose of them properly. If you can, replace them with long-lasting options.
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Pick up trash in your neighborhood and when visiting parks and beaches. Check local safety guidelines first, and always use gloves!
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.
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.