- Avoid or refuse purchasing items packaged in plastic. Get the kids involved to help look for produce and grocery items that aren’t over-packaged. Plastic inside of plastic? No thanks!
- Use cloth or re-usable shopping bags. Keeping a bag with you or in your car/purse/or diaper bag is a great way to make sure you use your bags. One of our favorite companies that makes these is ChicoBag. Some models even fold up into their own pocket to fit in your hand!
- Forget bottled water. Plastic bottles are one of the most common pieces of trash found around the world. Carry a reusable canteen wherever you go. Try hooking it onto your stroller if it’s not too heavy or large. Make sure to get one or two for the each of the kids too! Our favorite reusable beverage containers are from Hydroflask and Klean Kanteen .
- Give up gum. Did you know many types of gum are synthetic and include plastics? Who wants to chew on plastic?
- Bring a reusable mug when you order hot cocoa, coffee or tea. Office favorites include this kid’s Klean Kanteen and this cup from Hydroflask with a silicone lid. Both work great for everyday, hot or cold.
- Skip the straw. Straws are almost the #1 piece of trash on beaches, especially near resorts or hotels. If your kids love straws, consider Silikids silicone straw with lid or Simple Straws made of glass or metal.
- Recycle. If you have to use plastic, try to choose #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE) which are the most commonly recycled plastics. Ask you child to help sort which items can be recycled and which are trash or compost.
- Reusable containers. Our office favorite containers are from Wean Green. We love their Kitchen Set. They are made with tempered glass that is microwave safe and easy to clean.
- Volunteer at a beach cleanup. Most plastics last forever so bring the kids to the beach and help teach them about the responsibility of keeping the beach and our oceans clean for future generations and how storm drains/urban runoff bring trash and plastic to the beach. This is a favorite among our staff and company. We aim to host a local beach cleanup monthly. Look for a cleanup near you in the US through your local Surfrider Foundation chapter or in Canada, your nearest Shoreline Cleanup or in Hawaii or New Zealand, your nearest Sustainable Coastlines event.
Info Source: Surfrider San Diego and Ryan Willson