September 01

Straws Are The Beginning: Let’s Phase Out Single-Use Plastic with these 3 Tips

Reduce. Re-use. Recycle. It’s a phrase that’s been part of the lexicon for as long as most of us can remember. While the origins of the 3 “R”’s aren’t totally clear, there is no doubt as to the intent of the words. Few facts about modern life seem more indisputable than how busy we all are. That’s why it just seems easier to use single-use plastics that we can toss instead of wash, especially as we’re “on the go.” But, grasping for plastic straws and other single-use items has led to plastic-filled landfills and oceans.

We’re realists and recognize that we need options. Giving up single-use plastic entirely may not be doable for everyone. But we can slow down the stockpile of plastic waste by choosing sustainable alternatives, reusing and repurposing, and of course, recycling whenever we can. Together we can do more by using less. Let’s take a look at 7 simple tips to stop our dependence on single-use plastic.

Tip #1 – Use a reusable bottle or mug for your beverages.

Unless you’re in one of the few cities that expressly permit cocktails to-go, Step #1 only applies to your morning coffee, afternoon water break, or any other non-alcoholic beverage. Keep a clean, reusable cup in your car and pass on the plastic.

Tip #2 – Freshly squeezed juice instead of buying bottles.

Most cocktails call for fresh juice. Instead of buying a plastic jug of juice, grab a handful of fruit and start squeezing. Not only is fresh better tasting than from-concentrate juice, but you’ll also do your part to reduce your carbon footprint. Further your do-gooding and say “no” to the bag at the store, too.

Tip #3 – Bring your own container for take-out.

Is it just us or are portion sizes at restaurants getting bigger all the time? We’re not complaining – in fact, we love it because of leftovers, of course. Skip the Styrofoam to-go containers and BYOT(bring your own Tupperware).