Week 5 – Reduce – Use Reusable Bottles

Although over 60 million plastic bottles are thrown away each day, many still litter our land and waterways. Besides litter, the manufacturing and decomposition of them also harms our environment by releasing greenhouse gas emissions. The production uses our natural resources. 15 million barrels of crude oil and 3X the amount of water bottled are used annually to produce plastic bottles.

Week 4 – Reduce – Use Reusable Bags

Plastic bags are one of the major contributors to plastic pollution. Almost 2 million plastic bags are used every minute worldwide. The average plastic bag is used for just 12 minutes, but it could take 450 years to break down.

Help save the planet by using reusable bags when shopping at any store, not just grocery stores. Use reusable bags for purchasing produce and bulk items.
Here are some suggestions for remembering:
• Hang bags on doorknob
• Use compact bags that can be easily stored in glove compartment or on key chain
• Keep several reusable bags and place them strategically where you will see them
• As soon as you unload your bags, put them back in the car
• Lay them under your wallet or keys so you will remember them when you next go out
• Write BAGS on top of shopping list.
• Put a sticker on your keys as a reminder.

Week 3 – Reduce
Replace plastics with non-plastic alternatives as you use up the product. Don’t replace items before they are finished.

Week 2 – Reduce
Purchase Halloween candy that is packaged in boxes or paper, such as Milk Duds, Junior Mints or Pixie Stix. Avoid candy in wrappers that cannot be recycled.

Week 1Repurpose Make your Halloween costume from items you have at home or purchase from a thrift store. Avoid buying a costume made from synthetic materials. For ideas: