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In my effort to reduce plastic consumption, I have been doing the following for some time now.
· I don’t use plastic grocery bags. I carry my own reusable bag. If I forget my reusable bags, I just do not go grocery shopping that day. I don’t even go for paper bags most of the time.
· When I am at the checkout counter of a grocery store and they ask me if I want plastic or paper, I make sure I say it aloud that I prefer to use my own reusable bags for a better environment. People behind me may not care, but I still do my bit.
· I do not drink soda/pop/cold drinks. They are unhealthy anyway.
· I don’t buy food that has a lot of plastic wrapping. I buy vegetables in ones and twos and wash them at home instead of plastic wrapping them.
· I don’t use single-use straws. I don’t use straws to begin with.
· I avoid drinking at a coffee shop, unless they serve food in proper china, which is not a practice culturally common in the US. That to-go cup and its lid are plastic. Coffee in the US is unnecessarily pricey anyway. I make my own coffee at home. [I just heard that there is an app that simulates café noise, for those who miss working at a café].
· I don’t even take free food that is covered in plastic. The pretzels they give you during domestic flights are a good example.
· I have a plate, bowl, fork and spoon at work. I also carry a stainless steel spoon in my backpack.
· I don’t buy things on Amazon unless absolutely necessary. They use a lot of plastic and bubble wrap for packaging.
· I really judge and look down on people who invite me home, cook up a grand meal and serve food in disposable cups and plates.
· I pack my lunch in glass containers instead of plastic containers.
· I buy fewer things, especially single-use things to begin with.
· I am mindful of what I throw in the trash and ask myself if I could have not generated that trash in the first place.
· I light a scented candle instead of using air fresheners.
· I don’t use Ziplock bags. I store my vegetables in a bowl or container.
· I use cloth instead of paper towels to clean surfaces.
· I use online billing to avoid trash.
If there are other things you do to reduce waste (plastic waste in particular), I would love to hear from you.