I use it
all the time.
The effect of single use plastics
on our oceans,
Take the Great Pacific Garbage Patch,
Plastic Free July
(based out of Australia)
challenges us all
to do exactly that.
Be as "plastic free"
Here's a link to the info:
Here are some ideas to "reduce your use" in July (and every other month):
1- Keep a clean reusable coffee "to-go" mug in your car. One of my best friends taught me this one. My favorite is the Contigo Mug. Although they are typically a bit more expensive than other coffee mugs, they are stainless steel, have locking lids (hey-yah! No coffee spills in my bag!), and they keep your drink hot or cold for hours.
2- Reusable bags. This one seems SO simple, but I admit: My bags like to keep my car company while I shop. I've walked MANY times in the store and realized, half-way through my trip with my cart already full-that my bags are in the car. I sometimes set my cart in a corner, run back to my car, and grab my bags...but let's be real: what a pain! Simple way to fix this?
Put the bag(s) in your purse.
These ChicoBags roll up nicely.
They also have produce bags.
3- Buy veggies plastic-free. Why do I need my zucchini wrapped in plastic wrap on a styrofoam tray? Simple answer: I don't. I'll refuse to buy veggies with a side of plastic. I only want the veggies, anyway. I don't typically go to the store and have "styrofoam tray" listed as something I want to buy that day. We are lucky to have an amazing Farmer's Market, as well as a family-owned local farm-sourced grocery store nearby. I know this isn't everyone's reality, but research your options.
...and just for kicks,
here's my favorite mockumentary
of all time:
I challenge you (and me :) to:
Be in the "now":
Remember your bags...
Remember your to-go mug...
Buy plastic-free items...
Buy items which are meant to be reusable,
not those which will last a long time in our oceans.