Environment

Say "no" to single-use plastic

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If 150 people commit to do it, we will not buy anything that has a single use plastic for the whole month of October. This means things like snack bars, bottles of water, coffee to go, bags, straws, sodas and some food packaging.


  • 2 months

    To go

  • 150

    Target

  • 41

    Participants

Short description:

Reduce single plastic use and save the oceans and wild life.

Sign up opens: 18 Jun 2019

Sign up closes: 01 Oct 2019

Hashtags:

noplastic oceans

Goal / impact

Consumption of plastic has increased dramatically in the past decade and has become an essential product in our modern lives.


By 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic (by weight) than fish. Studies also found that tiny particles of plastic are already in our food chain and an average person who consumes seafood ingests 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic per year. Most of the plastics we use, we don’t need, and our environment pays a high cost for that. Single-use plastics have a high environmental impact. After incurring huge production and transportation costs they are used only once, mostly for a few minutes or seconds, then thrown away. 


There are many easy, and little changes you can make to your everyday life to reduce the amount of plastic pollution entering our oceans. Here are some tips:


  • Avoid purchasing bottled water 
  • Stop using plastic straws and one time cuttlery
  • Avoid disposal coffee cups
  • Use a reusable shopping bag
  • Do not buy vegetables or fruits that are wraped in plastic
  • Buy naked cosmetic products
  • DIY products like Homemade Yogurt



You can calculate your plastic consumption here:


https://www.omnicalculator.com/ecology/plastic-footprint

If 150 people commit to do it, we will not buy anything that has a single use plastic for the whole month of October. This means things like snack bars, bottles of water, coffee to go, bags, straws, sodas and some food packaging.

Other comments

If we reach the 150 people, we will all spend a month not buying products that has single use plastic. We will engage in DIY techniques and tricks, shops that sell naked products and opt for the better alternatives for fruits and vegetables.


Some more tips:


  1. Stop using plastic straws, even in restaurants. If a straw is a must, purchase a reusable stainless steel or glass straw
  2. Use a reusable produce bag. A single plastic bag can take 1,000 years to degrade. Purchase or make your own reusable produce bag and be sure to wash them often! 
  3. Give up gum. Gum is made of a synthetic rubber, aka plastic. 
  4. Buy boxes instead of bottles. Often, products like laundry detergent come in cardboard which is more easily recycled than plastic.
  5. Purchase food, like cereal, pasta, and rice from bulk bins and fill a reusable bag or container. You save money and unnecessary packaging. 
  6. Reuse containers for storing leftovers or shopping in bulk.
  7. Use a reusable bottle or mug for your beverages, even when ordering from a to-go shop
  8. Bring your own container for take-out or your restaurant doggy-bag since many restaurants use styrofoam. 
  9. Use matches instead of disposable plastic lighters or invest in a refillable metal lighter. 
  10. Avoid buying frozen foods because their packaging is mostly plastic. Even those that appear to be cardboard are coated in a thin layer of plastic. Plus you'll be eating fewer processed foods! 
  11. Don't use plasticware at home and be sure to request restaurants do not pack them in your take-out box.
  12. Ask your local grocer to take your plastic containers (for berries, tomatoes, etc.) back. If you shop at a farmers market they can refill it for you.
  13. The EPA estimates that 7.6 billion pounds of disposable diapers are discarded in the US each year. Use cloth diapers to reduce your baby's carbon footprint and save money. 
  14. Make fresh squeezed juice or eat fruit instead of buying juice in plastic bottles. It's healthier and better for the environment.
  15. Make your own cleaning products that will be less toxic and eliminate the need for multiple plastic bottles of cleaner.
  16. Pack your lunch in reusable containers and bags. Also, opt for fresh fruits and veggies and bulk items instead of products that come in single serving cups.
  17. Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of a disposable razor