This Friday is World Ocean Day and to get the week going I thought I would start with a practical “what can I do post”. Peter already discussed why plastic is a bad thing for the ocean. I will focus on what you can do to reduce your plastic waste and consumption. Let’s face it…you and I my friend are both lazy. Potentially if you’re reading this then you’re an American, like I, and even lazier than the rest of the world. We need things easy and spelled out for us. So here is a list.
- No plastic grocery bags. Obviously the easiest one and the one you already know about. Ask for paper at the supermarket. Better yet take your own bags. I like the ECOBAG made from 100% recycled cotton (double bonus) for its durability and size. Amazon has them for $8.99 a piece which is still a bet hefty. Alternatively, most supermarket chains now offer reusable bags near thier checkouts.
- No plastic “poop” bags. Biobag offers a lot of great products. One of the best, if your a dog owner like me, is the 100% biodegradable dog waste bag. You can pick up a pack of them at Amazon for $6.99.
- No plastic trash bags. But what about my trash bags? Biobag also offers a tall kitchen bag, so you are quickly running out of excuses. They come in 3 gallon and 13 gallon size. You can get them at Amazon here.
- No plastic produce bags. How do keep my pound of bean sprouts, my pound of tomatoes, and lettuce separate?
Luckily Evert-Fresh makes a produce bag that is reusable, non-petroleum based, and may actually keep produce fresher longer. I personally love the packaging with the women so happy to be holding a basket of nature’s finest. You can buy them at Amazon here.* Note the comments of Beth Terry below
- No plastic silverware. You work lunchroom is chock-o-block full of plastic utensils. You could take your own for starters. I know but you don’t want to give up that spork? I don’t either. Luckily, we don’t have to. Vargo makes a lovely field-rated titanium spork avialable at Amazon. My only complaint you can’t get a leather holster for it. Additionally, you could get your company to switch to Biocorp’s compostable cups, utensils, plates, etc. The utensils are made up of cornstarch and surprisingly are amazing sturdy. Biocorp makes it easy for you to order online.
- No plastic cup or cup lids. I love coffee! Sorry for the personal revelation but I really do. The downside all those cups and plastic lids I generate from a Starbucks visit. A Christmas or two ago my mother-in-law bought me an Oxo coffee mug. Yes mother-in-laws can be nice and helpful. This bad-boy is field rated (the mug not my mother-in-law although she is tough). The Oxo Good Grips Travel Mug is the Pinzgauer of mugs. Once the top is on the thing is 100% leakproof even after dropping it. Hot beverages, like coffee, stay warm, like surface of the sun warm, for at least a 5-6 hours. The price is steep, $18.99 at Amazon, but well worth the cost.
- No plastic water bottles. You really don’t want to be drinking out of plastic anyway. Plastic leaches bisphenol A, a well known endocrine disrupter. Your thinking I use a Nalgene so I’m good. Only if you use one the “old school” opaque white pliable polycarbonate bottles. Klean Kanteen, a great small company, makes a stainless steal alternative. You can purchase them online and the company also supports the Breast Cancer Fund (double bonus).
Feel free to post other ideas, suggestions, and comments and I will add/alter the list.