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Tips for a Plastic Free July

A third of plastic packaging produced in the U.S (31 million metric tons) is not recycled or disposed of properly and consequently ends up in the environment. Since the beginning of the Pandemic single-use plastic consumption has tripled. This issue is not just a problem with plastic, it is an issue of our throw-away culture. Solving this threat requires a paradigm shift from single use to reuse1.

Plastic Free July is a global movement that aims to reduce usage of single-use plastic. This community has inspired over 300 million people from across the globe to make small and big changes in their lives and communities. We, at the District Transfer Station, acknowledge that we cannot recycle our way out of plastic pollution. In order to create a clean and healthy environment we need to actively cut out plastic and start reusing materials we already have. That is why we are joining the Plastic Free July Challenge! Visit the link below to learn more about how to join, and for ideas on ways you can reduce your plastic consumption!

www.plasticfreejuly.org

Need some inspiration to start? Here is a great recipe for a homemade sports drink that will be sure to cool you down on hot summer days without producing the plastic bottle!

Recipe:

½ cup of fresh fruit (I use strawberries from my CSA)

¼ cup of lemon juice (buy whole unpackaged lemons, cut them in half and squeeze them for juice)

2 cups cold water (add more or less depending on concentration) 

2 tbsp maple syrup (or honey if you prefer)

¼ tsp salt 

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend for 1 minute or until smooth. 
  2. Drain liquid through a strainer, cheesecloth, or even and old t-shirt to get rid of any pulp. 
  3. Enjoy with ice!

Find out more about the zero waste movement by visiting our Zero Waste page. If you are inspired, and want more tips on how to reduce wasteful plastics in your home check out Zero Waste At Home page. If you'rd like share tips you are already practicing or for more inspiration contact our ECO AmeriCorps member Colin at colin@acswmd.org.

 

Source: 

1Tiongson, Vanessa. “840 Million Single-Use Products Could Be Replaced by New Reuse Service Economy - Upstream: Sparking Innovative Solutions to Plastic Pollution.” Upstream, Upstream, 16 June 2021, upstreamsolutions.org/blog/reuse-wins-report. 

 

 

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