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Jul 12

Getting Started: Plastic Free July

Posted on July 12, 2022 at 3:24 PM by Kaitlynn McCumiskey

Plastic Free Week 2

Reducing even a small amount of plastic waste can have a big impact. If you are already recycling, composting, and dropping off your film plastics at a local retailer you may look in your trash bin and wonder what’s left? My guess? Plastics that can't be reused or recycled.

Choose one item or type of plastic to reduce and you will quickly discover other great solutions. Once you establish a behavior it becomes second nature. Many solutions save you money, are healthier, and save disposal space.

A few simple ideas to get started: bring reusable produce bags, and other suitable containers while shopping at the grocery store, bakery, or farmers’ market. Bring a reusable water bottle, coffee cup, straw, and cutlery for when you grab a beverage or food on the go.

Try making snacks and other foods from scratch instead of buying individually packaged items from the store. For example, try making your own granola bars. By making your own bars, you eliminate the single-use wrappers, and you can cut down on packaging waste by buying many of the ingredients in larger or bulk containers. Another bonus is that homemade options are often healthier, fresher, and cost significantly less to make.