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Top 10 Tips to Reduce Your Plastic Footprint

Loli Toledo


Why should we reduce our plastic use? Isn’t that what recycling is for? Actually, recycling is the last of the 3 R’s — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – because it’s meant to be the last step, a way to deal with the plastic that we can’t avoid after reducing as much as possible.
Learn 10 simple things we can ALL do to reduce plastic pollution.

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  • Benjamin Friesen

    One thing that I do is reuse the plastic bags I get deli meat in. I use them over and over, washing after each use, to stow sandwiches and other snacks. I never buy marketed sandwich bags.

    The other thing I try to do is boycott large companies who profit off plastic. If the demand for their products decreases they don't have the money to make more waste—it's that simple.

  • The Venice Beauty Collective

    A few more of my favorites
    - Use a bamboo toothbrush
    - Cook more, eat out less
    - Look for products with less packaging. And then, in cardboard, paper, or glass packaging.
    - Use reuseable zip bags instead of ziplocs

  • Loli Toledo

    Common sense only comes from common knowledge. I also never thought about the reusable utensils, but since I have mine, I can't go anywhere without them.
    A great place to buy bamboo utensils is, and of course, my favorite thing is my reusable straw from It's even better when you use them and people notice because then they'll want a set too! Nothing like leading by example.
    I like to carry some extra straws to share with my peers whenever I go out. My hope is that one day common knowledge will turn into common sense, and we can start learning to refuse plastic.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I think it's great to start small. I started with using reusable bags and cups. I'd like to go to the farmer's market more often though. I also ask a place I often eat at to never give me anything wrapped multiple times- or in styrofoam. Interesting that one tip on this list is to carry reusable utensils and plates w/ you. I never really thought of that but it makes complete sense. Makes me want to get a bento box- but those are made of plastic usually!