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3 Ways to Cut Back On Single-Use Plastics

It seems like more and more products and their packaging are made from plastic. While going completely plastic-free may seem daunting, there are ways to be eco-minded and make better daily choices. A big way to make a daily effort to live green is to cut back on single-use plastics. Western National is here to suggest three ways you can make simple changes.

1. Refuse Plastic Shopping Bags

A great way to cut back on single-use plastic bags is to refuse plastic bags across the board. Many people take reusable canvas bags with them while grocery shopping. This also means when you are dining out, be sure to say no thanks to the plastic bag to carry your leftover food containers. The same goes for picking up a couple of items at the pharmacy. You can bring a reusable bag with you or just carry the items with you. 

2. Pack Your Own Lunch

Instead of grabbing fast food or placing a to-go order, consider bringing your own lunch to work from home. Not only does this cut down on single-use plastics, but it also helps you make healthier food choices. When you’re packing your lunch, consider using glass or even reusable plastic containers over plastic sandwich bags or plastic wrap. Some reusable containers are even made from recycled plastics that are saved from being tossed into landfills, so it’s a win-win.

3. Bring Your Own Cup and Water Bottle

When you’re picking up your morning cup of coffee, bring your own reusable cup. Glass or stainless steel is the best choice, but reusable plastic that you can wash at home and use again and again is still better than single-use paper beverage cups that are coated in plastic. Carrying your own water bottle also ensures that you don’t have to purchase one from a store or vending machine.

These are just a few ways to cut back on single-use plastics. Making other choices like upcycling or recycling is also important as you work towards making the world a better place.

For other eco-friendly ideas from Western National, contact us today.

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