Green Issues: How to Cut down on Plastic Use through the Summer ...

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Itโ€™s easier to use more plastic in the summer than you might think.

Bottles of sunscreen, drinks bottles, picnics, days at the beach, time in the garden can all add up to increased plastic usage.2

While youโ€™re out and about enjoying the joys of Mother Nature in the summer, do her a favor in return and try not to add to her pollution.

Hereโ€™s how you can cut down on plastic in the sunny season:

1. Use Alternatives to Plastic Drinking Straws

It sounds a little sexy, but it saves on using plastic straws.

They are the number one plastic item found clogging up beaches, the seas, and waste disposal facilities.

Some people say you should use stainless steel or glass straws, but they do not travel very well and get bent or broken in your bag.

Rubber straws will still pollute, but they are far more biodegradable than plastic straws.

Plus, people have to buy rubber straws;

they are not given away in fast food restaurants, so people are less willing to throw them away.3

2. Drink Water from Reusable Bottles Instead of Chucking Away a Bought One Every Time

Buy a cute, fun reusable water bottle.

Fill it with water and juice instead of buying bottled water.

Plastic soda, water and juice bottles are one of the most wasteful plastic products in the US at the moment.

They take lots of energy to produce, they consume lots of resources, they travel miles in polluting trucks and are used for five minutes by consumers before being thrown into a local bush.

3. Re-use Plastic Containers for Lunches, Picnics, Parties and Freezing

If you are on a tight budget, then good storage is essential.

You can save your leftovers by freezing them and putting them in plastic containers.

Do not buy cheap and thin containers that break if you close them too roughly.

Buy good quality plastic containers that you can use and wash hundreds of times before they break.

Buy Re-usable Non-plastic Carrier Bags โ€“ Thereโ€™s so Many Cute Options
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