Single-use plastics are items that are intended to be used only once before thrown away or recycled. Grocery bags, bottles, straws, containers, and cups are among the many items that fall into this category. According to EarthDay.org, roughly half of annual plastic production is for single-use plastics. These plastics are often not recycled and usually end up in our oceans and cause harm to many oceanic species. MarineSafe says that plastic bags, bottles, straws, and packaging can cause harm and even death to species such as seabirds, turtles, seals, and whales because they mistakenly consume or get tangled in them.
An easy way to help the seabirds, turtles, seals, whales, and the overall health our our wonderful planet is to cut down on how many single-use plastics you use in your daily life. Now you may be saying “that’s great! I definitely want to cut down on my single-use plastics! But…where do I start?”. Lucky for you I have compiled a list of my top five favorite reusable items to help you reduce and reuse in (affordable) style.
1. Some awesome Reusable Cutlery for snacks or meals while you’re out and about
This set comes with a stainless steel knife, fork, spoon, chopsticks, a juice straw, a smoothie straw, a cleaner for your straws, and a nice little carrying case for easy storage. This case is lightweight and easy to pack in a lunchbox, purse, or backpack so you can always have it with you.
- Yeti water bottle to keep you ‘drated and ready to take on the day
Having a reusable water bottle is the first step in cutting down on single-use plastics. You can take it everywhere with you which reduces the need for plastic water bottles and will keep you nice and refreshed all day long. Yeti water bottles are my personal favorite because they last and are insulated to keep beverages cold and hot.
- Colorful reusable straws to use with your brand new reusable water bottle
Reusable straws are amazing and this set will hook you up with everything that you need. It comes with six multi-colored silicone straws and two stainless steel straws as well as cleaners for your straws. They are easy to clean, pack, and carry with you wherever you go so there’s no reason why you can’t #SkipTheStraw
- Reusable produce bags for all those fruits and veggies you wanna keep fresh
This set of reusable produce bags is perfect for picking up fresh fruits and vegetables from the grocery store or farmers market. The set comes with three different produce bags specifically designed for different types of fruits and veggies to ensure that they stay fresh longer. It also comes with a cute little storage pouch shaped like an apple.
- Colorful reusable tote bag to carry all of your reusable items
Reusable tote bags are perfect alternatives to single-use plastic bags. These bags are lightweight and come in a variety of colors, patterns, and designs for every outfit or mood. You can also keep some stored in your car (instead of using it as an everyday bag) for when you go shopping.
I challenge you to remove one single use item for something reusable this week, see how you like it!
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