When we act locally, our collective actions can have a global impact! With over 150 million tons of plastics already in the oceans and an additional 8 million tons of plastics expected to be added each year, we all can take steps personally to reduce our use of plastics. Here's 7 ways you can reduce your use of plastic:
- Carry a Reusable Water Bottle - Globally, the world produces approximately 1 million disposable plastic bottles. Carrying a reuseable water bottle will save you money and is a great way to cut your plastic use.
- Refuse Plastic Straws - Say no to plastic straws and stir sticks. If you must use a straw, invest in a stainless or glass straw that can be used again and again. In our beach cleanups, straws comprise a large portion of the trash we remove from the beach.
- Carry a Reuseable Coffee Cup - Love your morning coffee even more knowing that you're making an impact. It's estimated that only 1 in 400 coffee cups (plastic lid and all) are recycled.
- Carry a Shopping Bag - Reusable shopping bags are a "no brainer." California's banned "free" disposable plastic shopping bags, yet the bags the markets now sell contain ten times more plastics than the original "free" bags, Skip the plastic altogether and carry your reusable bags in the trunk of your car.
- Avoid Excessive Food Packaging - Skip the plastic bag in the produce section. Most likely, and hopefully, you wash your vegetables well before eating them, anyway!
- Say No to Plastic Cutlery - We’ve all been there – caught out in a cafe or at a train station when we’ve bought a salad or a yogurt but the only cutlery on offer is plastic! Whilst it’s hard to plan for every opportunity, consider carrying a spoon or fork (or spork!) in your bag or keeping cutlery in your desk at work.
- Use Cloth Diapers - In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that 7.6 billion pounds of disposable diapers are discarded each year. That's a lot of crap! Reduce your baby's carbon footprint and save money by using cloth diapers.
At Ocean Minded, we strive to reduce our carbon footprint by minimizing packaging and using sustainable and recycled materials in our products whenever possible.