When you think about plastic and pollution, you probably picture a bottle floating in the ocean or a plastic bag stuck up in a tree. But plastic also contributes to air pollution–and climate change–by way of the energy used to produce, ship and dispose of it. Recycling can help, but lots of plastic isn’t recyclable, and recycling still requires energy. So, when you can, it’s best to avoid the kinds of plastic that just get thrown away.
This week, you can cut your personal carbon footprint by eliminating any the single-use plastic in your life that you don’t really need. Here are some easy ideas to help you start:
- Say “no” to plastic straws
- Bring your own shopping bag
- Pick produce that’s not wrapped in plastic
- If you buy takeout coffee, bring your own thermos
- Store food in reusable containers instead of disposable plastic wraps and bags
- Use a refillable water bottle instead of a buying water in plastic bottles or jugs