Ten Tips to Kick the Plastic Habit

marine plastic pollution

Here are ten handy tips to help you reduce your plastic footprint:

1. Bring a canvas reusable bag for groceries and other shopping.

2. Buy fruits and veggies loose instead of prepackaged. Most fruits and veggies come with their own biodegradable packaging (skins).

3. Buy from the bulk section and use reusable bulk containers.

4. Buy in concentrate and look for stores in your area that offer refills.

5. Buy close to home. Food that travels a long way from where it is produced to where it is eventually bought and consumed often requires more packaging (and more fuel to transport). Local food, especially from your local farmers market, often comes completely packaging free.

6. Avoid single use plastic drink bottles. Bring your own reusable water bottle and refill with some of the world's best and safest tap water.

7. Avoid 'convenience' foods. Prepackaged single serving are inconvenient for the ocean because of their excess packaging.

8. Eat in. Takeout containers are often made of polystyrene foam, which is environmentally damaging to produce, and one of the main types of marine debris. If you choose takeout, bring your own container. Most restaurants are happy to accommodate.

9. Buy secondhand, or share and donate items with useful life remaining. If something has already been produced, the damage is already done.  Repair damaged or broken items.

10. Recycle. It's not a perfect solution, but some plastics can be turned into other useful products before their eventual end of life in the landfill.

Every time you use less plastic, you help the oceans. What's your creative way to use less plastic?