START WITH 3 EASY THINGS
1. Get yourself a reusable water bottle and carry it with you everywhere.
Even better: get one that doubles as a thermos so you can ditch to-go cups too. (I love Hydroflasks because the body is plastic free, they come with a lifetime warranty, and you can get different caps to switch out for different activities.) Seriously, cut out the plastic water bottles. Americans alone throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.
2. Get yourself some plastic-free food containers.
Ditch the plastic food containers and opt for glass or steel. I’m loving my steel tiffins (this one for salads and this one for snacks) because they’re lighter and less fragile than glass. Pro move: bring it with you to those fast casual locations and ask them to swap it out for the disposable stuff.
Another easy win: ziplock bags. Unless you place them in a plastic bag recycle drop off location they’re also headed to the landfill. Replace them with a few reusable ones (I have yet to find non-plastic, so just make sure they’re BPA free) that you can easily wash out and throw in the freezer.
3. BYOB (bring your own bag).
This one feels like a given, but it’s worth the reminder considering that we use those thin plastic bags for all of about an hour, yet they’ll most likely end up sitting in a landfill for a very long time. Try to carry a small, lightweight canvas bag with you wherever you go for those random, unexpected trips to the store. In the event you’re bag-less, take a moment to consider whether you can stand to carry what you purchased out to the car or on the walk home.
Get yourself a biodegradable phone case.
Yes, you read that right. Pela is the company behind eco-friendly phone cases made of a starch-based biopolymer, recycled materials, and flax straw “waste” (which gives it added strength). They’ll cost you just as much as you’re average cheap-o plastic case. Wondering if it’ll breakdown in your pocket? They’ve answered that one on their site: “The Pela Case will biodegrade in an industrial compost facility or in a back ard composter, but not in your pocket. We have not had a Pela Case begin to biodegrade outside of a composting environment. But if your case does begin to break down within one year of purchase, please let us know and we will happily send you a new Pela Case free of charge.”
Have you found other solutions? Drop me a line so I can add them to the list!