A commitment to reducing single-use plastics these days can be hard. Some supermarkets won't allow reusable bags from home, and it's just safer right now for restaurants to use their own takeout containers. But don't be discouraged: here are 9 ways you can continue to avoid single use plastics this summer, and help make a difference for our oceans and landfills.
- At the supermarket, pack your items into reusable bags outside.
If your grocery store won't allow reusable bags, ask if groceries can be placed back into your cart or basket so you can bag your groceries outside.
- Shop at organic farmers markets, and bring your reusable bags and containers.
Bring your reusable bags for fresh, organic produce, and reusable containers for squishables, like berries and pastries.
- Use waste-free delivery services like LOOP
Get your favorite products delivered right to your door, in reusable containers. If you love Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Granola, you’ll love it even more when it comes in a reusable, returnable container. Check out LOOP
and see if they deliver to your area.
- Support restaurants that use compostable takeout containers.
Compostable takeout containers are so much better than plastic. If your favorite joint still uses styrofoam and plastics, give them a call and talk to them about considering the switch to compostable containers. They'll appreciate the feedback.
- Keep using that water bottle.
Be loyal to your reusables. It's hard to resist the urge to buy a shiny new bottle every year, but consider the wear-and-tear on your beat-up bottle a symbol of your commitment to the planet.
- Freeze your own summer fruit.
Suspend the sweet goodness of this season's produce by cutting them up and freezing them in reusable bags or containers. It’s cost-effective way to save on your homemade smoothie bowls, while also using zero plastic.
- Pack your own reusable straws.
Environmentally friendly straws come in glass and metal, for sipping iced drinks, smoothies, and bubble teas.
- Invest in reusable sandwich bags.
They're great for toting summer lunches and snacks, and can be easily thrown into the wash or dishwasher instead of the trash.
- Get your ice cream on the cone.
This one doesn’t really need an explanation, does it? Turn down that plastic spoon and enjoy the added deliciousness of a cone.
Do you have any tips to reduce single plastic use? Share them in the comments below—we’re all in this together.