Breaking Down the Plastic Addiction

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Thank you to our guest speakers Carol Sullivan, Skagit BYOBag Lady and Callie Martin, Skagit County Recycling Education Specialist for joining the Skagit Valley Family YMCA Brown Bag Lunch session to discuss how we can break down the plastic addiction! This informative and engaging session provided updates on how recycling has changed recently and what steps we can take to be better recyclers.

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Did you know that the best way to protect our environment is to use recycling as a last resort? There are so many steps that we can take to "turn off the faucet" of plastic production that will have a much bigger impact than recycling alone. Here are some tips you can use to help reduce your need for plastic:

  • Use reusable grocery bags and produce bags.
  • Bring your own tupperware to restaurants to take your leftovers home.
  • Purchase a reusable cup, thermos, water bottle, or coffee mug for your beverages.
  • Reuse plastic containers and bags for storage.
  • Make or buy reusable giftwrap.
  • Start a compost pile.
  • Refuse plastic straws. If a straw is a must, purchase bamboo, metal, or another reusable alternative.
  • Give up gum. Did you know gum is made with synthetic rubber (plastic)?
  • Purchase products that come in cardboard boxes instead of plastic bottles. Many products such as laundry detergent come in both packaging options.
  • Use cloth diapers.
  • Eat fruit instead of drinking juice that comes from plastic bottles.
  • Avoid eating frozen foods. Most packaging for frozen foods comes in plastic.
  • Pack your lunch in reusable lunch boxes with reusable containers and snack bags. 
  • Use bees wrap instead of plastic wrap, tin foil, or plastic baggies.
  • Purchase razors with replaceable blades instead of disposable razors.
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Looking for more? Join us for our next Brown Bag Lunch on Farming & Food

Thinking Local & Thinking Organic: From Farm to Table
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
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