Happy Earth Day! Everyday is earth day but sometimes it’s nice to have everyone’s focus. Last year, after reading a terrifying article on the impact plastic has one’s health & planet, we went on a mission to rid our lives of plastic. It hasn’t been easy (+my family doesn’t always appreciate my green soap box 🤦🏻♀️). We have come a long way + still have ways to go. At the very least, our eyes are opened to its pervasiveness. For more info, read: Clean, Green & Lean by Walter Crinnon ( thank you @dtripodi for this life-changing book!) //// 10 Ways to Rise Above Plastic:
• Choose to reuse when shopping. Use cloth bags, metal or glass reusable bottles.
• Refuse single-serving packaging, excess packaging, straws and other "disposable" plastics. Carry reusable utensils with you or in your car to use at take-out restaurants.
• Reduce everyday plastics such as sandwich bags and juice cartons by replacing them with a reusable lunch bag/box with a thermos.
• Bring your to-go mug with you to the coffee shop, smoothie shop or restaurants that let you use them - helps reduce lids, plastic cups and/or plastic-lined cups.
• Do not buy soaps, toothpaste or scrubs that uses micro-beads. When they’re flushed down the drain they are so small, they escape water filtration systems and end up in our bodies of water. They are known to absorb pollutants, and are often mistaken as food by fish and wildlife and then end up in our food when consumed. President Obama signed the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 on December 28 banning the sale by July 2018. • Seek out alternatives to the plastic items that you rely on. Use glass to store left-overs.
• Recycle. If you must use plastic, choose #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE), which are the most commonly recycled.
-Volunteer at a beach cleanup. Surfrider Foundation Chapters often hold cleanups monthly or more frequently.
• Support plastic bag bans, polystyrene foam bans and bottle recycling bills.
• Spread the word. Talk to your family and friends about why it is important to reduce plastic in our lives and the nasty impacts of plastic pollution.
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