Make Everyday Earth Day 3 things you can do right now to reduce plastic waste

As Earth Day approaches and we consider our continued efforts to protect the environment, I want to present one critical issue I am focusing on this year: plastic pollution.

Plastics are everywhere. Their ubiquitous presence a seemingly uncontrollable virus spreading to every community throughout the world. But we have the ability to stop their spread. As consumers, we have the power to affect the amount of plastic produced. We also have the power to influence how much plastic ends up in landfills and in waterways.

Reducing this plastic waste begins at the source.

Manufacturers hold the key to turning the tide on this wave of plastic pollution by holistically rethinking product design, supply chain practices and product packaging. In restructuring these systems, businesses have an opportunity to lead as environmental stewards. Instead of consumers and waste management services bearing the burden of plastic waste collection, businesses can become the final line of defense against plastic pollution.

How do we, simply as citizens, drive this change?

Just a couple of easy commitments and we could be on our way to a planet free of plastic pollution. So, in celebration of Earth Day, I want to share a few simple solutions that we can all pledge to implement immediately into our own daily lives.

1

YES WE CAN

If you've ever seen a beach early in the morning following a major holiday, you likely saw plastic waste strewn across the sand. One thing you rarely see littered on beaches is aluminum. That's because aluminum is one of the most recyclable resources out there, which means it is quickly picked up and taken to a recycling plant. So while as a society we may never move away from our take away lifestyle, as consumers we can pressure businesses to move away from plastic single-use bottles and towards more sustainable options. Canned Water 4 Kids is one example of industry creating an alternative solution to plastic bottled water.

Canned water is better than bottled water.

Fun fact: Aluminum can recycling is quick. In most cases, returning new cans to store shelves can happen in as little as 60 days - and they’re infinitely recyclable!

2

#StopSucking

Reusable straws are better than plastic straws.

Everyday in the US we use more than 500 million plastic straws. Many of us have no need for them. While the biggest impact in removing these single-use plastics is in converting restaurants and vendors away from plastic (towards paper, metal, or glass), as consumers we can also start a conversation by asking the server to hold the straw. If you want to take it one step further, challenge your friends to #StopSucking too. Have them watch this video as inspiration to get them on board.

3

Rethink Your Drink

For those of you that work out, a sports drink comes in handy. But it’s still wrapped in plastic. Try switching to a mix that can easily be added to your reusable bottle. Mixes like HDX Hydration Mix help to reduce plastic waste as a result of better design and minimal packaging while still offering a natural blend of electrolytes while you’re on the go.

Less plastic equals less waste.

Change is difficult and often uncomfortable. But it's not about taking the weight of the world on our shoulders. Instead, as my friend Adrian Grenier says, it's about starting with just one thing and finding a partner so you can hold one another accountable. So this Earth Day I challenge you to celebrate the environment by committing to make one change in your daily routine. Together I truly believe we can make a real difference for our shared planet.

If we want to turn the tide on plastic pollution, than you will need to be involved.

Plastic pollution may cause you to be outraged. You’re allowed to be outraged. But you're not allowed to not do something about it.

This issue will not be solved by any one person, any one organization, business, State, or Country for that matter.

We're all in this together. Let’s do something about it.

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Special thanks to Emy Kane and Lia Colabello for being my Editors. Wave photo by Jeff Davis Homepage image courtesy of Wallace J. Nichols | BlueMindCollective.com Created with images by raspberry dolly - "Litter on Singapore's ECP" • Myriams-Fotos - "hands open candle" • GerDukes - "mexico turtle swim" • Unsplash - "seabird bird nature"

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