It’s been made pretty clear by now that single-use plastic is bad for our environment and is slowly killing our planet. Everyone can do something—no matter how small—to use less plastic. It’s really very easy. Here are 3 simple ways to get started:
Reusable Grocery Bags
Many countries have banned plastic bags altogether, which has Mother Nature cheering, I’m sure. If you are the crafty-type, try making your own reusable grocery bags. Click here to find written instructions. And click here for a video with instructions. If you are unable to make your own, you can buy them very cheaply. Reusable shopping bags are a GREAT way to use less plastic.
No More Plastic Straws
According to the National Park Service, 500 million drinking straws are used every single day. Every. Single. Day. If you need a visual… that’s enough straws to fill 125 school buses each day. Wow. If we want to use less plastic, we really need to change our habits. Do you really need a straw to drink from a glass? If so, try getting a reusable one made of metal. Some of them are collapsible so you can carry them around with you. They’re not expensive and they make GREAT stocking stuffers for holidays or gifts for birthdays.
Say NO To Single-Use Water Bottles
People throw away one million plastic water bottles every minute. Every. Minute. My family uses stainless steel water bottles. Some come in a bottle shape. Others have wide-mouth openings. Some have a thermal feature that keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot. You can go a long way in saving our planet if you stop using single-use plastic water bottles. Choose whatever works best for you.
If everyone around the globe started using the three suggestions listed above, just think how much less plastic would be going into our landfills, our rivers, our oceans. Wow!
I have other suggestions, too. Things like:
- Glass containers for leftovers
- Clean with vinegar and water mixed in a reusable bottle
- Use baking soda as a cleaning abrasive
- Use cloth cleaning rags rather than paper towels
- Buy dishwashing powder in a cardboard box
- Buy bar shampoo that comes in a paper box (I LOVE this stuff!)
- Switch to bar hand soap rather than liquid soap
- Repair items when they break rather than pitching them into the trash
Lastly, educate your children and grandchildren. I bought my granddaughter a copy of this rhyming book and we both learned a lot from it.
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DONNA FASANO is a three-time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time winner of Best Romance of the Year given by BigAl’s Books & Pals Review Blog. Her books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #5.