Updated: Feb 10, 2020
Thank you for joining us
5 days without single-use plastics!
Having you here to participate for a week is amazing.
You will learn about why single-use plastics are bad for our environment, change to refuse and upgrade your living style to re-use.
Single-use plastics are commonly in our daily life and they are designed to be used once and them to be disposed of or destroyed.
The use of single-use plastics increases garbage in our home, communities and the Planet.
To be able to reduce the single-use or even better to eliminate them require commitment, recognition, and a change of habits. Are you ready to start the Challenge?
and enjoy the journey.
5 Days without Single-Use Plastics
I know we are coffee lovers and we grab a coffee cup before starting to work.
Task: Recognize that paper or plastic cup are single-use products.
Even though the coffee cup can be compostable, cups are single-use.
How to stop the single-use: find a reusable metal coffee mug that you like!
Straws are the most used single-use product daily the majority are plastic but also there is a movement to use paper straws.
According to the Ocean Conservancy, “volunteers pick up more than 400,000 plastic straws from beaches around the world each year.”
Best advice to refuse them: "Say NO" Really, there is no need to use them.
Task: Recognize that Straw are single-use products. (Plastic, Compostable or Paper)
Learn to refuse them; Say No to Plastic Straws.
How to stop the single-use: Start to say No, change the habit to refuse or buy Metal Straws.
Plastic water bottles and bottle caps are the five most collected plastic trash in the Ocean and beach cleanups.
We need to start a new chapter on our drinking water habits. It is not cool to have plastic water bottles in our hands because there are single-use products. Plastic water bottles are very harmful in this world, using less of them would cure the world and make it as clean as we should have kept it.
According to the Story of plastic: Plastic Bottle, per Monica Serrano
“It takes at least 450 years for a plastic bottle to completely degrade.”
“1,000,000 Usage. Globally, more than a million plastic bottles are sold every single minute.”
“30% Recycling. In the U.S., only 30% of these bottles are recycled; Norway recycles 97%”
“x 2000. Do you know? Bottle water requires up to 2,000 times the energy used to produce tap water.”
Task: Don’t drink water in plastic water bottles.
Change your Habit to use Reusable Water Bottles.
Have one reusable water bottle with you all the time.
Plastic forks and spoons are used every minute and we throw away billions of utensils every year.
According to the National Geographic; “Plastic cutlery is in everywhere, and most of it can be used only once.”
“The Ocean Conservancy list cutlery as among the items “most deadly” to sea turtles, birds, and mammals.”
Task: recognize that at work in your lunch time you use single-use cutlery even though could be plastic or compostable.
Change your habits to carrying on your own metal or wood cutlery set to work.
Plastic produce bags are used once and thrown out after single-use.
Two years ago we counted how many of those produce bags my husband was taking home per month; 32 bags. We had collected approximately in a year 384 produce plastic bags used once to go to the landfill.
Happiness begins when you don’t bring plastic bags home!
Task: recognize how many plastic bags you bring home to fill out your garbage.
Change the habit to use Reusable Produce Bags.
Keep a set of reusable bags when you do your grocery shopping.
Hopefully, you enjoyed the 5 days without Single-Use!
If you learned to recognize them that is an amazing achievement.
I will invite you to repeat this challenge every week until you create a new habitand a sustainable living.
I would for everyone to feel as if the earth has been cleaned after this experience!I hope you feel fresh and relieved not using single-use.
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