Since we were young, we were told to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
The phrase was first introduced in the mid-1970s when we started to become more aware of our impact on the environment. Yet today we can’t help but feel that the mantra we once memorized rings hollow no matter how many times we chant it.
Now, we’re realists and know that giving up plastic entirely is impossible. Cell phones, clothing, and even cars are made with plastics, so complete withdrawal is not an option. But we can definitely slow down the stockpile of plastic waste by choosing sustainable alternatives, reusing and repurposing, and of course, recycling whenever we can.
It can be as easy as making some thoughtful decisions in our everyday life, such as reducing and refusing single-use plastics. Here’s six ways we’re working 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 – Cut out plastic cutlery
Ordering in tonight? Ask your favourite doordash restaurants to leave out the plastic utensils. You’re home after all and can access your silverware drawer. What should you do if you’re grabbing lunch to eat in your car on the way to your next meeting? Just like bringing your own mug to the coffee shop, keep a clean fork in your glove box. If disposable is a must, seek out sustainable spoons.
Tip #3 – Party without the single-use plastic
The sign of a good party has traditionally been the morning after – there’s trash everywhere, filling up giant plastic bags with waste. It’s time to shift the narrative and seek alternatives that minimize the waste. Let the evidence of a great time be your Insta feed blowing up with pictures of clinking glasses and a sink full of dishes. Or try these fun tropical fruit cocktails that are sure to be a hit for your guests.
Tip #4 – Understand that not everything can be recycled
Make sure you understand what types of things can and cannot be recycled. Check the labels and start paying attention to the things you consume that can’t be recycled or that aren’t easily recycled. Then find ways to replace them with more sustainable options. Reducing and reusing our waste is inherently the best option for a cleaner environment and a cleaner ocean.
Tip #5 – Reuse, repurpose, and get creative
Pinterest is full of ideas on how you can reuse things that have outlived their purpose. So get creative, be thoughtful, and be inspired by repurposing old items and turning them into something new again!
Tip #6 – Say “no plastic straw, please.”
We can make a big difference if we sweat some of the small stuff.
Ditching plastic straws may be a small change, but the rate at which we use (and toss) them creates a ton of waste. If you can’t go strawless, opt for paper straws or a reusable stainless steel, glass or bamboo straw. We know a place where you can get one for free.
Want more? Click our Press Release to see what we’re doing to reduce our carbon footprint.