It is great to be aware of the dangers and the waste involved with using disposable plastics but we also need healthy alternatives. At the Plastic Free Challenge event we will promote sustainable products and services that place a high standard on quality and care for life on earth. There are many things that you can do right away. Here are just a few ideas:
STOP BUYING PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES
Invest in a good quality stainless steel or glass bottle. Steel and glass are infinitely recyclable with a robust market.
Buy in bulk
Packaging is a major source of disposable plastic so bring your own containers and bags (cloth or canvas is best). If your supermarket doesn’t sell food in bulk, make the request or find a better market. Grocers actually do listen to their customers.
Did you know that you pay an extra 30% for food packaging that you only use once but never bio-degrades?
BRING WHAT YOU NEED WITH YOU
Dining Out: Pack “to go” containers to bring to restaurants and leave them in your vehicle. Keep a clean bag with a plate and utensils so you are ready. At first its awkward but then it actually becomes fun and a great conversation starter!
COOK FOOD AT HOME
Most home-cooked food is more nutritious and delicious, and it is made with love. Pack your lunch and you will not only protect the environment but you’ll save a lot of money!
Share your opinion and get involved
Change.org is one of a number of resources for people who want to make their voices heard by policy makers. There are dozens of petitions concerning plastic pollution and many other important issues - environmental and otherwise. The Plastic Free Challenge has a number of environmental organization partners who are also working to clean up our earth and educate the public about plastic pollution. Get involved in person with your local organizations as well.