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Plastic is Trashy! Refuse Single-Use Plastics and Embrace Reusables!

To prevent plastic pollution from entering our waterways, we must stop it at its source! Much of the plastic we discard every year is single-use, designed to be used once and then thrown away. These products range from bags, bottles, straws, cups, utensils, etc. It simply doesn’t make sense to use products made of an indestructible material for minutes and discard then, where they will live on in our environment for hundreds of years.

While plastics are integrated so much in our daily lives, these simple switches will help you prevent plastic pollution from entering our waterways!

1. Bags. Bring your reusable bags instead of using single use bags when you go shopping. To avoid forgetting, keep a stash in your car and purse. Below are our picks for reusable bags and even produce, sandwich, and wine bags!

2. Bottles. Use a reusable water bottle or use simple glass mason jars. Reusable glass or stainless steel bottles are better for our waterways and your health!

3. Straws. Straws are one of the most common items found during our cleanups. Birds, fish, and turtles often mistake straws or straw fragments for food and are harmed by them. You can either quit using straws or invest in some glass straws.
4. Utensils. Getting takeout? Ask the server not to include utensils and remember your own.
5. Personal Care Products. In many facial scrubs or toothpastes, plastic microbeads are added as an exfoliate. These beads are too tiny to be filtered out by waste water treatment plants and end up discharged into our waterways where they can be mistaken for food by fish and move up the food chain – likely onto our dinner plates! Thankfully, President Obama signed the Microbead Free Waters Act in December 2015 that would phase-out plastic microbeads by July 2018. Until then, look   out for “polyethylene” and “polypropylene” on the ingredient labels!
More Plastic Free Resources:
Life Without Plastic
The Story of Stuff