Photographs by Bobby Doherty
Our planet is awash in a rising tide of single-use plastic disposable trash. After it’s “thrown away” this single-use waste often ends up in our water, where it can harm wildlife and threaten human health as it breaks down, spreads toxins and enters the food chain. (Clean Water Action newsletter)
From Recology CleanScapes bulletin:
In addition to honing your responsible recycling habits, why not try to REDUCE your overall consumption? First on the list of products to cut out? Single use plastics. Here are a few items to remove from your regular routine:
- Single use plastic cutlery and straws - Sometimes these tiny plastic pieces are even wrapped in another layer of plastic, none of which is recyclable! Try drinking a smoothie sans straw, buying a compostable or reusable alternative, or bringing a handy camp-style spork with you on your daily wanderings.
- Single plastic bags - This means plastic grocery bags, produce bags and lunchtime plastic baggies. Refuse single use plastic bags by bringing your own reusable tote, switching to reusable tupperware, and bringing your own produce bags (or just letting those veggies hang loose in your cart). Once this becomes habit, you'll be surprised how many opportunities there are to refuse single use plastics.
- Single use plastic water bottles -Investing $10 in a reusable water bottle can save you and the planet some valuable resources. In fact, making bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year!