Billions of plastic bags are produced each year. They take up to 1,000 years to decompose and pose a serious risk to marine animals and other wildlife that ingest them accidentally. The United States creates more that 100 billion plastic bags per year and only 0.6 percent of them are recycled ( Source Worldwide watch institute).
Cutting plastic out of our lives can seem like an impossible task but there are some easy ways to reduce our use of it. Check out life without plastic for some products to help you use less plastic. Grocery shopping and eating out are two areas that with a little planning plastic consumption can be significantly reduced. When you go to the grocery store bring your own bags, buy in bulk when possible and use refillable water bottles instead of buying single use plastic ones.
Eating take out is another area we can use a lot less plastic making a few simple changes. Instead of using the plastic containers from the restaurant bring your own reusable ones. Another simple thing that can be done is bring your own reusable utensils and water bottles. Just becoming aware of all the disposable items that come along with eating out and making an effort to use less can make a huge difference. It may seem like your actions are just another drop in an endless ocean of plastic waste being created but as more people refuse single use plastic and the demand drops momentum will build.
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