Summer is a great time to go plastic-free. Here are ten easy things you can do to reduce your ‘plastic footprint’ and help keep plastics out of the marine environment:
- Choose to reuse. Opt for cloth bags and metal or glass reusable bottles instead of plastic shopping bags and bottled water.
- Refuse single-use packaging. Say no to excess packaging, straws and other ‘disposable’ plastics. Instead, carry reusable utensils in your purse, backpack or car to use at BBQs, potlucks or take-out restaurants.
- Reduce your use. Everyday plastics such as sandwich bags, plastic wrap and juice cartons can be easily replaced by a reusable lunch bag or box, reusable wrap and a thermos.
- Bring your to-go mug. Using a mug at your favorite coffee shop, smoothie shop or restaurant is a great way to reduce lids, plastic containers or plastic-lined cups.
- Protect our coast one meal at a time. Look for Ocean Friendly Restaurants that pledge to reduce their plastic use. Check out our list here.
- Know better, do better. Seek out alternatives to the plastic items that you rely on.
- Recycle. If you must use plastic, try to choose #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE), which are the most commonly recycled plastics. Avoid plastic bags and polystyrene foam as both are rarely recycled.
- Volunteer at a beach cleanup. The Surfrider Foundation chapters often hold cleanups to reduce the plastic that is already littering our coasts monthly or more frequently.
- Ban it! Support plastic bag bans, polystyrene foam bans and bottle recycling bills.
- Spread the word. Talk to your family and friends about how easy it is to be plastic-free!
Together, we can stop plastic pollution at the source and keep single-use plastics from entering our landfills, watersheds and ocean.
For plastic-free coasts,
The Surfrider Foundation