We all know that plastics are bad for the earth and the oceans. Indeed, a study published last month found that plastic was found in the deepest ocean dwelling animals. Obviously that’s not good, but what we as individuals can do some good for the planet by removing plastics from our lives. It’s easier than you think. Over at Fast Company they have an easy guide to get you started on using less plastic.
No more packaged fruit:Â Thereâ€™s no reason for produce to be packaged in plastic. (Iâ€™m looking at you,Â Trader Joeâ€™s.) Most groceries sell their fruit and vegetables by weight, so just buy your items piecemeal if you can. When you get home, you can give your produce a wash when youâ€™re preparing it. Eco-friendly brandÂ Full CircleÂ has a very handyÂ veggie scrubberÂ ($5) I keep by the sink.
Stock up on reusable containers and wraps:Â Clear out your Ziploc and Saran wrap drawer, and fill it with reusable versions. I now pack my daughterâ€™s snacks in reusableÂ LunchskinÂ bags (starting at $5) orÂ paper sandwich bagsÂ ($4).Â They come in cute patterns, which is an extra perk for the toddler set.