It’s Plastic Free July…Choose to Refuse!

plastic free July

Summer brings parties, picnics and eating on-the-go!  What better time to review our disposable habits!  Plastic Free July highlights how our short-term convenience choices can have long-term impacts.

Did You Know? “Eight out of ten items found on beaches in international coastal cleanups are related to eating and drinking,”  according to One World One Ocean.   This is one problem with an easy solution: choose to refuse!

OWOO_PlasticsInfographic_2012_b

Top five ways to reduce plastic in your daily life:

  1. Bring your own shopping bag.  On average in the United States, 100 billion plastic bags are used by consumers annually, the equivalent of one bag per person per day.
  2. Say no to bottled water. The amount of water used to produce a plastic bottle is 6 to 7 times the amount of water in the bottle.
  3. Bring your own mug.  Need an excuse to purchase a YETI mug? Many coffee shops give a discount if you bring your own container!
  4. Choose cardboard and paper packaging over plastic containers and bags. Less than 14 percent of plastic packaging– the fastest-growing type of packaging–gets recycled.
  5. Kick the disposable straw habit, especially plastic ones. If you must use a straw, try a reusable one made of stainless steel.

Explore more easy tips here! Going plastic-free in July is easier than you think! Take The Woodlands Pledge and let us know what you will do!

At home and on the go, when you can’t reduce, remember to recycle! Need more information? Call the Environmental Services Department at 281-210-3800.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s