Plastic Waste Reduction Tips

Every single piece of plastic that has ever been created since the 19th century is still somewhere on our planet.  So recycling the plastic you use is good, right?  Yes.  But recycling is the third choice in the standard mantra … REDUCE, REUSE, then recycle.  But we believe in going a couple of steps further: REFUSE, REJECT, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  But how?

Plastic Free July is a great time to review your plastic use and see where you can make some changes.  Take the Plastic Free EcoChallenge with the Sustainable Ballard Team and learn new habits while participating in a fun competition.

Here are links to websites with tips for reducing your plastic consumption, and reusing the plastics you already have.

Did you know that of the 33 million tons of plastic waste generated in the US in 2013, only 9 percent was recovered for recycling? Here are 17 ways to reduce your plastic waste.

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.  Here are 16 ways to reduce your plastic waste.

Think of the Pacific garbage patch whenever you feel tempted to buy water, get a to-go cup or buy liquid laundry detergent, and read these 51 ways to reduce plastic use.

No one is expected or encouraged to give up plastic cold turkey. Ease into it. Decide to make a couple personal lifestyle adjustments and other plastic free alternatives will seep into your routine naturally, you’ll see.  And here are even more tips to help you along!

There are concerns about reusing plastics for food purposes.   Not all plastics are the same and there are some plastics that are better (less bad) for both food applications.

So, get started, take baby steps, keep moving forward and we hope you’ll join our Plastic Free EcoChallenge Team!