Learning how to live without plastic can feel like an impossible task, but it’s easier than you may think to cut back on how much you consume. The majority of the most polluting plastic products can be replaced with a more sustainable option that works for both your family and the planet. Plus, by changing your habits you can help reduce global plastic waste which has reached 275 million tonnes a year and U.S. plastic waste which averages 37.8 million tonnes a year (the most per CAPITA of any country). U.S. Companies create 76 million pounds of plastic packaging every day. Yet only 9% of all plastic is recycled. The rest? Ends up in nature and our oceans.
“The easiest switches are the things you are excited about because you've found a solution that works for you or that solves another problem,” says Danielle Jezienicki, director of sustainability at Grove.
This Plastic-Free July, Grove will call plastic what it is: an addiction our industry has created that recycling alone won’t solve. Want to help stop plastic pollution in a few easy steps? The ideas below are a great way to get started — or to take your good habits a step further.