16 simple ways to reduce plastic waste — Mother Nature Network

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Click here to read the article (The Mother Nature Network, Laura Moss) and grok the 16 ways to reduce plastic waste. Here’s an excerpt:

Plastic is found in virtually everything these days. Your food and hygiene products are packaged in it. Your car, phone and computer are made from it. And you might even chew on it daily in the form of gum. While most plastics are touted as recyclable, the reality is that they’re “downcycled.” A plastic milk carton can never be recycled into another carton — it can be made into a lower-quality item like plastic lumber, which can’t be recycled.

How big is our plastic problem? Of the 30 million tons of plastic waste generated in the U.S. in 2009, only 7 percent was recovered for recycling. This plastic waste ends up in landfills, beaches, rivers and oceans and contributes to such devastating problems as the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch, a swirling vortex of garbage the size of a continent where plastic outnumbers plankton. Plus, most plastic is made from oil.

16 Ways: Just say no to straws; Use reusable produce bags; Give up gum; Buy boxes, not bottles; Buy from bulk bins; Reuse glass containers; Use reusable bottles and cups; Bring your own container; Use matches; Skip the frozen foods section; Don’t use plasticware; Return reusable containers; Use cloth diapers; Don’t buy juice; Clean green; Pack a lunch the right way.

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