The banning of plastic straws has been a topic discussed frequently in environmental circles. As of July 1st, this became not just a topic for discussion, but a reality for Seattle, Washington, which is now the largest city in the United States that has banned the use of plastic straws.  Finding alternatives to plastic Advocates of the straw ban usually are in favor of eliminating plastic for good, and with this new ban, some alternatives have already been found that could potentially be used to replace other plastic products.

If we all tried to adopt at least one of these ideas a week, just think of the impact that would make on our environment!

  1. Bring your own shopping bag…I keep a few reusable bags in my car and grab them when run into the market.
  2. Carry a reusable water bottle…lots of fun choices these days and many of them keep your water cold for hours.  The primary cons of plastic bottles include the fear of chemical uptake and the fact that they are non-biodegradable, posing a potential risk to the environment.
  3. Bring your own cup...with the coffee habits we have in our country, ever think of how many paper cups get used at the “to-go” coffee houses?  Don’t fool yourself thinking they’re all getting recycled.
  4. Pack your lunches in reusable containers...Such as saver on the pocket book as well.
  5. Say no to disposable straws and cutlery…do you really need a straw with your coffee?  Many areas in our world are starting to enforce no straws
  6. Skip the plastic produce bags…we should be washing our produce before cooking, if your using reusable bags the dampness from the produce will not soak through.
  7. Slow down and dine in…it’s a good way to get to know the people you love.
  8. Store leftovers in glass jars…using empty jars from products you purchase in glass jars is a money saver and it IS in style!
  9. Share these tips with your friends

When considering plastic storage boxes, be sure to look for polypropylene or polyethylene. Both of these plastics have been tested as safe in conservators’ artificial aging scenarios (oddy tests). Polypropylene usually has the initials “PP” on the base under the recycling symbol. Polyethylene products contain a “PE” in addition to other letters (i.e. HDPE, LDPE).

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