What You Need to Know about Microplastics
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- Bring your own bags. Bring cloth bags with you to the grocery store instead of defaulting to plastic. If you forget, ask for paper.
- Be conscientious about your purchases. Don’t purchase facial cleansers or other beauty products with microbeads and consider swapping your favorite fleece for more sustainable fabrics.
- Change your food storage and consumption habits. Use a refillable glass or stainless steel water bottle and consider bringing your own coffee cup for your barista to fill – some places offer a discount if you do this. Start replacing your plastic food containers with glass and use these instead of plastic baggies when you pack lunches. Consider whether you really need a straw when you order a drink and consider bringing your own re-usable silverware when you have fast food cravings.
- Reduce, reuse, recycle. While a lot of attention is paid to recycling, did you know there’s actually a waste hierarchy that’s important to follow. It simply means the first thing we should be doing to reduce our plastic footprint is to reduce the amount we purchase and use. Once it’s in our homes, think about how to reuse it, and finally, when it’s reached the end of its usefulness, make every effort to recycle it so it doesn’t end up in a landfill or in the water supply.