The goal is to reduce plastic usage in our community by 50% in 2020 for health, environmental and financial reasons. Each month there will be a focus on one item to stop using and purchasing, as well as viable replacements to the single use plastic items. Items have been chosen in accordance with Wellesley's Recycling and Disposal Facility as they are NOT recyclable and thus go to landfill and do NOT make money for the Town. Please consider taking this challenge. Join the Zero Waste Challenge group on Facebook for more ideas and to share what works and what doesn't.
~ What can you do to reduce plastic in your life?
Bring re-usable bags and beverage containers. Skip the plastic straw and bring your own take out containers Choose produce and other items NOT wrapped in plastic Try making cleaning and other products at home Choose bar soaps and shampoos instead of those in bottles Get dry cleaning in re-usable bags not disposables
~ Why Skip The Straw?
500 million plastic straws are thrown away every day in the US according to 5 Gyres, a global health non-profit. To understand it, that’s 46,400 school buses every year! It is an average of 1.6 straws per person per day. That’s 175 billion a year filtering into landfills and littering our waterways and oceans. To learn more see this unbelievable fact sheet on it.
Here is Mellissa did to reduce plastic use in her families' life