Earth Day 2018, Menasha Ridge Press, Conservation Alliance, #wekeepitwild

Say No to Plastic on Earth Day

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Or, to those of us who live life as if every day is Earth Day, happy Sunday!

The theme of this year’s Earth Day is educating and encouraging people to help end plastic pollution. Which is a massively growing problem! Maybe you’ve seen the heartbreaking photos of oceans full of floating waste. Or maybe you saw the picture of the deceased whale full of plastic. Or maybe you’re just a realist who knows that too many people don’t recycle and this is a very real and very serious issue.

So in honor of Earth Day and putting an end to plastic pollution, here are some reminders of ways you can reduce your own plastic consumption.

Carry your own water bottle

So many people are jumping on the water-instead-of-soda bandwagon. That’s great! But this has meant a big increase in the amount of plastic water bottles in our landfills. And waterways. And lying on the ground next to the trail. It’s so easy to go out and buy yourself one of the hundreds of snazzy water bottles on the market now.

Be a next-level Earth lover: Carry a reusable cup, too, so you can ask restaurants to put your to-go drink in there.

Shop with tote bags

By now, most stores either give you a tote bag, or have ones on sale for $1. You literally have no excuse to bring home a plastic shopping bag. Zero.

Be a next-level Earth lover: Buy your grains in the bulk section using cloth bags, and put your veggies directly into your tote bags instead of those plastic produce bags.

Skip Straws

This is an easy one! All you have to do is not use those completely useless pieces of plastic.

Be a next-level Earth lover: Can’t imagine life where your lips touch the rims of glasses? Carry your own! There are plenty of metal straws for sale now, and they’re surprisingly easy to clean.

Another, plastic-free way to celebrate Earth Day is to shop the Conservation Alliance’s #WeKeepItWild Earth Day sale. We’re donating 25% of all sales to the Conservation Alliance, and over 20 other companies are joining us!

Tanya Twerdowsky
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