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How to Reduce Other Single-Use Plastics

So now that you’ve mastered the art of sucking responsibly, you might be thinking to yourself: Huh, this reusable stuff is pretty darn easy. I wonder how else I can reduce my plastic consumption? Great question. To make a really meaningful dent in plastic pollution, we’ve really gotta clean up our acts. Don’t worry, we got you. Here are some tips.

  1. Keep a reusable spoon, fork, or spork (if that’s your thing) in your car or at your office (or both). That way you won’t have to resort to the supply room plastics when eating your leftover lentil soup.

  2. Stash reusable grocery bags in your car, your office, your backpack, and unicorn saddle bags. And if you forgot your bags, suck it up and carry that sh*t.

  3. Be a good recycler. Only 9 percent of recyclable plastics actually get recycled. Look up what your local waste center accepts. You may be surprised that a lot of things you throw away in the recycling bin are actually NOT recyclable. Like ziploc bags. Because they are made from two different types of plastic, WTF?!

  4. Buycott Plastic Water! Always use a reusable bottle for water fill-ups. There’s a handy dandy app called Tap that can show you where you’ll find the closest water oasis. Check it out!

  5. Reuse stuff. Yogurt containers make great tupperware for that second half of a burrito you can’t finish. Cut up some old t-shirts to make rags. BOOM! Just saved you some $$. You’re welcome.

  6. Plastic wrap does not get recycled. Try a beeswax wrap as a reusable alternative.

  7. Use refillable shampoo, conditioner, and body wash bottles. Check out Plaine Products, which provides packaging so you can send in your bottles when you’re ready for more.

See? It’s really not that hard. We have more alternatives than ever to eliminate single-use plastics from our lives and make a real and meaningful impact on plastic pollution.




  • I love the way this is written!! Thanks for the great tips!!

    Brooke Underwood on

  • Cool ideas….
    I just put my plastic spork in a bag to keep in my car, and downloaded the tap app!
    Vista, CA

    Doug Heflin on

  • Thank you for the clever and funny messages about recycling and being aware of our environment. I got the Final Straw a couple months ago. It’s really cute. Print on the box mentions a cleaning tool. I have yet to find it. The box is so tiny I’m not surprised. Please let me know if I’m missing something.
    By the way, not only have I given up plastic straws, I often take a leftover container with me when dining out so I don’t add to the Styrofoam container jungle.
    Thank you.

    Barbara Bogard on

  • thank you for getting my order to em. as i expected all along my family loves their straws we each use them daily and even my youngest her sorority sisters are like where did you got that straw from.. thank you for thinking of our oceans and inventing these:>}

    Andrew Grant on

  • Also, bring reusable produce bags to avoid plastic bags. Buy bulk in bags or glass jars. Bring an emty jar to tare it though.

    Maryann on

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