1. Stop buying plastic products and opt-in for reusable
There are plenty of ways to switch from plastic products to reusable ones. The easiest are plastic bags, straws, plates, water bottles, and cutlery.
Do you remember the famous quote?
“One plastic straw does not matter, said 8 billion people.”
The fact is.
It does matter.
And don’t think that your actions won’t mean anything. They do. Millions of people are already doing their best to be conscious of their plastic consumption. You won’t be the first one but you’ll be joining a strong movement. We always need more people to join.
To help you to get started today:
Don’t recycle your plastic products because you have opted-in for reusable ones. Use them as long as they work and then recycle.
Our single-use / disposable mindset goes deeper than just plastic consumption. We invite you to sit back and watch this short video about The Story of Stuff.
2. Participate In (or Organize) a Beach or River Cleanup
You might say:
what does picking up a couple of pounds of plastic waste matter in the grand scheme?
But the impact goes a lot further than that.
By participating in beach or river cleanups, you show the community that they’re not alone, you again see why you’re making those purchasing decisions, donations, etc. and get friends and colleagues involved to see the problem first hand and be part of the solution.
Governments, Social Enterprises, NGOs, and Consumers. We all have a role to play to fight plastic pollution.
3. Support bans on plastic and organizations that fight to reduce plastic pollution
As seen on other sections of this page, organizations and governments are stepping up to help reduce plastic pollution.
You can sign petitions, support bans, donate to organizations you love, or buy their products to support them.
Every small action helps to get that snowball to form and to grow.
Without our support, organizations that have invested so much and the people behind those organizations can’t have the impact we all want.
4. Spread the words
If you’re educated on the subject of plastic pollution and know what causes it, how harmful it is, and how it impacts us all, you might think that this is common knowledge.
You’re in the unique position to start conversations around the topic, to educate people, and to spread the word.
Start with family, friends, colleagues, or use your social media accounts to make an impact.
TIP: You don’t need to always start with doom scenarios. You can also start with some nice success stories. Whatever you feel comfortable about.
5. Get more educated
You’re reading this article, so you’re obviously on the right path to educating yourself. Still, everyone can get better at just about anything.
Understanding how to more easily get rid of plastic usage in your daily life is also one thing that you can get better at.
Consider buying a book to get more tips and how-tos. The nice thing about books is that, after you finished reading them, you can give them to someone else and they can get value from them as well.
Below are three books we recommend on how to reduce plastic pollution.
How to reduce plastics books