19 ways to reduce single use plastic

As we kick off the new year, many of us are looking for ways to make a positive impact on the world around us. One area that we can all focus on is reducing our use of single-use plastics and foam. Plastic pollution is a global crisis that affects our oceans, rivers, and even the air we breathe. But by making small changes in our daily lives, we can reduce the amount of plastic waste we produce and help protect the environment. In this blog post, we’ll share more practical tips and ideas for ways to reduce your single-use plastic consumption this year. From cloth napkins to reusable glass containers to opting for sustainable alternatives, you’ll find something that works for you and your lifestyle. Keep reading as we even include a free downloadable eco-habit tracker so that you can track your progress. Together, we can make a difference in the fight against plastic and foam pollution. Let’s start the new year by committing to reducing our use of single-use plastics and creating a healthier planet for all.

  1. Invest in reusable containers and bags. Instead of reaching for disposable plastic bags and containers, opt for reusable versions made from materials like glass, metal, or cloth. These can be used again and again, reducing the amount of plastic waste you produce.
  1. This one might feel repetitive but ditch single-use plastic items. Items like straws, cutlery, and water bottles are used for a short period of time before being thrown away. Consider alternatives like bamboo straws, metal cutlery, and reusable water bottles to help cut down on plastic waste. Canada is banning the use and manufacture of single-use plastic like these.
  1. Go for zero-waste cleaning. Many cleaning products come in plastic bottles that get thrown away once empty. Switch to more sustainable options like bar soap and vinegar, or make your own cleaning solutions using ingredients like baking soda and lemon juice.
  1. Be mindful of packaging. When you’re shopping, look for products with minimal packaging, or opt for bulk options where you can bring your own containers. Also, try to buy bulk products that you use regularly to reduce packaging waste. Purchase things like eggs in 100% recycled paper packaging instead of styrofoam or plastic.
  1. Avoid buying products with excessive packaging. When shopping online, check off the option to reduce packaging for shipping if there is one.
  1. Carry a refillable water bottle instead of buying disposable plastic water bottles.
  1. Bring your own reusable coffee cup or travel mug instead of using disposable cups.
  1. Bring your own container for takeout or leftovers instead of using disposable containers.
  1. Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins. Cloth napkins can easily be thrown into the washing machine and reused again.
  1. Purchase bar soap instead of liquid hand soap or body wash in plastic bottles. Alternatively, look for stores in your community that offer a refiller for soaps and other bathroom or kitchen products.
  1. Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of disposable plastic razors.
  1. When packing a lunch for work or a day trip, use a reusable lunch box or container for your meals instead of disposable plastic bags.
  1. Reducing single-use plastic can start at the beginning of your newborn’s life and play a role in shaping their thinking as well. Why not try using cloth diapers instead of disposable diapers?
  1. Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposable batteries. If you do use disposable batteries, don’t forget to research how to recycle them properly in your community.
  1. Instead of throw-away tissues, invest in using a handkerchief instead. Just like cloth napkins, this can be thrown into the washing machine and used again.
  1. Another tip you may have heard of but is worth repeating if you have yet to make the switch is to use reusable beeswax wraps instead of plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
  1. Bring your own containers to the deli counter or meat counter at the grocery store.
  1. Stay up-to-date with single-use plastic news and laws that are being implemented in different parts of North America and the world. We make it easy to follow some of these updates with our Timeline. Follow our Timeline here. Check back regularly for updates.
  1. Finally, track your progress with an eco-habit tracker. It can be hard to measure the impact of your efforts to reduce plastic use. With an eco–habit tracker, you can keep track of how much plastic waste you’re producing and see where you need to make changes. As a bonus, you can download our free eco-habit tracker here for free. DOWNLOAD NOW

By making small changes like these in your life and home, you can significantly reduce your use of plastic and live a more sustainable lifestyle. It’s not always easy to make changes, but by taking it one step at a time, it can be manageable and even enjoyable. Are you ready to track your progress? Tag your eco-habit tracker with #DitchPlasticPackaging. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest to stay up-to-date and learn more single-use plastic-reducing tips and news!