Week 9 – Reduce or Reuse Christmas Wrapping Paper
According to the EPA, the United States generates one million tons of extra trash throughout the holiday season. A large percentage of this waste comes from tossed wrapping paper. Most rolls of wrapping paper that currently found in every supermarket and card shop are not only coated with plastic, but also come wrapped in a non-recyclable plastic film or covered in glitter (aka microplastics).
Christmas Wrapping Paper Options:
- Recycled wrapping paper
- Kraft paper
- Reusable gift bags
- Fabric ribbon and bows
Week 8 – Hold the Straw
Around 500 million straws are used each day, yet they are not recyclable. Plastic straws are one of the top 10 items found in the coastal clean-up each year. Besides being bad for the environment, they are harmful to seabirds, turtles and marine life.
www.strawlessocean.org. Hold the straw! As soon as you are seated, tell the waitstaff not to give you a straw.
Keep a reusable straw in your purse or on your keychain.
We will are selling reusable and collapsible straws. Details on our straw and beeswax wrap sales.
Week 7 – Reduce – Use reusable cups to go.
Americans use 16 billion disposable coffee cups per year. Most disposable cups are not recyclable because the cups are lined with plastic. This lining, as well as the residual beverage, are considered contaminants.
Make it a habit to take your own cup when stopping for coffee on your way to work or when traveling. Keep a reusable travel mug or cup in your car.
Week 6 – Reduce Plastic Wrap
The amount of plastic film and wrap produced annually could shrink-wrap the state of Texas.
Food packaging is the second most common trash item collected during the Ocean Conservancy’s annual beach clean-up. Plastic packaging is the fastest growing form of packaging and is detrimental to marine life.
- Instead of using plastic wrap to cover leftovers, use beeswax storage wraps or reusable bowl covers. We have beeswax wraps for sell during Together@Ten.
- Look for items that do not contain plastic in their packaging, such as glass bottles or aluminum cans and cardboard egg cartons instead of styrofoam or plastic.
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.
- Use stainless steel reusable bottles instead of purchasing plastic water bottles.
- Opt to purchase beverages in aluminum cans.
- Filter your water to reduce the chemical taste that some people dislike.
- Use water fountains.
- Recent Studies:
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 1 – Repurpose 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: