Reduce Your Use!

Here’s a checklist for reducing single-use plastics in your everyday activities:

 Use a refillable water bottle. Americans consume 1,500 bottled waters every second, but recycle less than 30 percent of the empties. That’s 35 billion single-use plastic bottles with the potential of winding up local waterways and the ocean.

 Carry a reusable shopping bag. Canvas is best—it's washable and long-lasting.

 Pack a waste-free lunch in reusable containers and bags. And opt for fresh fruits and veggies, along with bulk items instead of products in single-serving cups.

 When possible, buy products that come in recyclable cardboard packaging instead of single-use plastic, like laundry detergent, pasta and many dairy products.

 Use cloth diapers. In the United States, an estimated 7.6 billion pounds of disposable diapers wind up in the garbage every year.

 Avoid single-use plastic silverware and straws at home and in restaurants, including carry-out. If you need a straw, purchase a reusable one made of glass or stainless steel.

 Use a razor with replaceable blades. It wastes a lot less plastic than disposable ones.

 Use matches instead of throw-away plastic lighters, or invest in a refillable metal lighter.

If all of Shedd’s 25,000 member households—and the people in their networks—take the plastic pledge, we’ll go a long way toward stopping the flow of single-use plastic into the oceans.