Published: Aug. 19, 2022
7 solutions to our plastic problem

1. Reduce Your Use of Single-Use Plastics

    Single-use plastics are used once and then discarded. Refusing single-use plastics is one of the greatest steps you can take to support action against climate change. 

  • Plastic produce bags

  • Plastic cutlery (forks, sporks, knives, spoons)

  • Plastic straws

  • Plastic water bottles

  • Plastic/Styrofoam take-out or to-go containers

  • Plastic containers

  • Plastic cups

  • Six-pack rings

  • Plastic toothbrushes

  • Cotton swabs with plastic stems

  • Plastic tape

  • Products containing microbeads (some face scrubs, toothpastes, and body soap)

  • Choose reusable options such as:

    • Canvas or other reusable bags

    • Metal cutlery or other reusable silverware

    • Paper or stainless-steel straws

    • Reusable drink bottles and cups

    • Buy products in boxes/glass/aluminum instead of plastic

    • Wax paper, foil, or silicone wraps & covers

    • Bamboo toothbrushes

    • Swabs that have paper stems

    • Masking tape

    • Use bar soaps & shampoos instead of liquids sold in plastic containers

    • Look for products/brands that don’t use microbeads 

2. Support Legislation to Curb Plastic Production and Waste

Learn about local and/or global efforts efforts to write climate change action into law  

  • In 2015 Portugal included a tax on producers of €0.10 (around $0.12) per bag for certain sizes of plastic bags. 

  • In 2016, the Marshall Islands instituted a ban on the importation, manufacture, sale or distribution of Styrofoam cups and plates; disposable plastic cups and plates; and plastic shopping bags while promoting recycled paper bags and reusable bags

  • In 2018, Panama created a ban on plastic bags

3. Recycle Properly

4. Participate In (or Organize) a Beach or River Cleanup

5. Spread the Word

  • This Summer, environmental activists staged death by plastic, a performance art piece calling attention to plastic’s direct affect on climate change

  • Watch or host a viewing party for a environmental-conscious movie or documentary 

  • Share this article with your friends!

6. Support Organizations Addressing Plastic Pollution

Some organizations include: