1Thing: Easy Ways to Reduce Family Plastic Waste

1Thing Wichita
July 30, 2018 - 2:03 pm

Each year there's about 8.8 Million tons of plastic trash that ends up in the ocean. This Plastic waste is causing problems w/ the eco-system endangering wildlife, polluting the water and causing a big health risk for all who live on Earth. Doing 1THING as a family to help the environment fight against Plastic.  Planet over Plastic is a must.   

Single - use plastic items account for 40% of plastic waste. There are several easy 1THINGS a family can do together to help cut Plastic waste. Getting your kids involved will help keep the recycling / reuse cycle going and will help the Environment in which we all live together. 

  • Straws: Stop using single - use disposable straws. Go for colorful reusable straws. Cut down the 500 million straws Americans use in one day! That's a Bunch!
  • Ice Cream: When getting a scoop at your favorite Ice Cream shop. Go for the cone rather than the cup  / spoon. No plastic used or needed since it's all edible!
  • Birthday Goodie Bags: Make the birthday goodie treats eco-friendly by cutting out the plastic bags / toys. Pick eco-friendly treats by staying clear of plastics. Edible treats and other non-plastic toys. Homemade/eco-craft items
  • Leaner Lunch: Children ages 8-12 throw away about 67lbs of lunch trash each year. Stop using the single-use sandwich bags. Go for cloth or beeswax srappers. Put an apple, banana or orange in w/ lunch. They don't need wrappers. 
  • Don't Float Away: Inflatables are fun but don't let them float away. Keep using them, rather than leaving them to end up in landfills or the ocean.
  • Recycle Right: Find out what can be recyled properly.
  • Ban the Bottle:  Have your kiddos pick their own reusable water bottle and hang on to it. Rather than using liquid soap from a plastic container, pick a bar soap that works. Get rid of as many bottles you can by switching them up w/ items that don't require a plastic container that will be thrown away after 1 use.
  • Buy in Bulk: Buy things like popcorn, cereal and pasta in bulk to cut down packaging waste. Use your containers. 
  • Trash Troopers: Sign your family up for a community cleanup teaching your kiddos how important a clean environment is to their Health & Happiness as well as Mama Earth.

More details here showing how easy it is for families to reduce their plastic use and have fun too!

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