Once a landfill is capped it's too weak to support buildings so it becomes a soccer field. Once that happens it really does not matter if the plastics ever break down, If they did not break down in time to make room in an open landfill, then they may as well never break down.
Plastic recycling is a necessity because landfill space is finite, but this expensive, andcan actually cause quite a bit of contamination and pollution. Yes I said it, Recycling isn't 100% awesomeness.
- Get a Klean Kanteen water bottle and drink free filtered tap water from a sink or fountain. There is nothing special about bottled water.
- Having a party? Use real forks and spoons, use real plates, especially when you have a dishwasher there is no reason to buy plastic.
- Buy silverware at yard sales and thrift shops to put in younger kids lunches if you are afraid they will lose them. Keep a set wrapped in a cloth napkin in the car for those (hopefully rare) times you grab fast food. a small caddy of random unmatched silverware in the cabinet takes up the same amount of space as a box of plastic ware. (bonus they don't break)
- Don't use straws at restaurants. You can purchase reusable straws made of glass if you really want to go green and keep these in your car for to-go cups, but it's easier to just bring your Klean Kanteen and ask the person to fill it instead of the paper cup with plastic lid that essentially requires a straw. You can even bring your own re-usable plastic straw (hint: they come with the reusable tumblers that look like disposable cups) Yes its still plastic but you can use it many times before it ultimately ends up in a landfill, better than a single use item, and eventually you'll break the cup and still have the straw sitting in a drawer, ask me how I know this.
- The only thing worse than a plastic spoon is an individually wrapped plastic spoon.
- Bring your own bags to the grocery store. Seriously, they are sturdier, hold more, most are machine washable and some stores pay you for doing this.
- Use reusable mesh bags for produce.
- Buy from bulk containers and put in storage containers at home. Most wasted plastics are packaging.
- Make your own cleaning supplies or find a place that sells in bulk. Generally speaking the bulk cleaners are the eco-friendly, chemical free variety.
- Tell the bagger not to wrap the meat in plastic, instead make sure the meat isn't leaking, if there is an opening for the meat to leak, germs can get in that way too. Most re-usable bags are machine washable and should be washed. Note: you might have to tell them twice depending on how much meat you order, they seem compelled to wrap in plastic even when you tell them not to.
- Bring your own to-go container when you eat out at a restaurant you know is going to serve too much. The bonus is you can put half the meal in the container right away and reduce temptation to over-eat.
- Don't buy cheap plastic breakable anything, It's always a waste of money. Buy it once, buy it right. Chances are if it's made of cheap plastic that breaks, it's only a want and not a need anyway.
- Re-use glass jars, Glass won't ever stain, it's dishwasher safe, and comes free when you buy a jar of spaghetti sauce.
- When given the choice between plastic or glass, choose glass. Glass is much easier to re-use and far less likely to interact with your food. If you accumulate too many glass jars checkPinterest for some super cool gift ideas.
- pack a lunch in a re-usable container instead of sandwich bags. Again this will save lots of money in the long run and then you can pack fresh fruit and it won't squish your sandwich. Helping the planet will usually help you.
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