The Orange City Council recently adopted Resolution 962-19 which encourages Orange City businesses and residents to discontinue the use of plastic drinking straws, plastic stir sticks, similar plastic items and Styrofoam containers to work towards a cleaner and safer environment, river and ocean.
There is no denying the worldwide reliance on disposable/single use plastic products is overwhelming our planet. Scientists project that by 2050, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish by weight. That’s a scary thought and you may be thinking, “What can I do to help?” The best way to help is to reduce your plastic use. By reducing the amount of plastic used, we reduce the amount of plastic that may find its way in to the environment, river or ocean.
Here are a few easy ideas to help you reduce your plastic use:
- Give up bottled water and bring your own reusable water bottle wherever you go. One reusable bottle will replace 167 plastic bottles per year. If you don’t want to drink water from the tap, invest in a water filter.
- Carry reusable shopping bags. A single plastic grocery bag is used on average for 12 minutes, but takes up to 1,000 years to decompose.
- Say “no” to plastic straws. One study suggests that Americans use, on average, 500 million plastic straws a day. If a straw is a must for you or your family purchase a reusable stainless steel or glass straw and keep it handy.
- Pack a leaner lunch. The average 8 to 12 year old child throws away 67 pounds of lunch trash every year! When packing your child’s lunch, reach for a reusable storage container or reusable sandwich bags. Then toss in an apple or banana instead of a plastic-wrapped snack.
Another tip – Don’t change everything right away. Pick one thing, find a solution to it, and implement it into your life. Once it feels natural, choose something else, and go little by little.