10 ways to rise above plastics

From Surfrider.org’s article,  Rise Above Plastics, and how the ocean is turning into a plastic soup.  Below is one of their public service announcement print ads.  List of 10 and article excerpt follows.

Ten Ways To Rise Above Plastics

Here are ten easy things you can do to reduce your ‘plastic footprint’ and help keep plastics out of the marine environment:

  1. Choose to reuse when it comes to shopping bags and bottled water.  Cloth bags and metal or glass reusable bottles are available locally at great prices. 
  2. Refuse single-serving packaging, excess packaging, straws and other ‘disposable’ plastics.  Carry reusable utensils in your purse, backpack or car to use at bbq’s, potlucks or take-out restaurants. 
  3. Reduce everyday plastics such as sandwich bags and juice cartons by replacing them with a reusable lunch bag/box that includes a thermos. 
  4. Bring your to-go mug with you to the coffee shop, smoothie shop or restaurants that let you use them.  A great way to reduce lids, plastic cups and/or plastic-lined cups.
  5. Go digital!  No need for plastic cds, dvds and jewel cases when you can buy your music and videos online. 
  6. Seek out alternatives to the plastic items that you rely on. 
  7. Recycle.  If you must use plastic, try to choose #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE), which are the most commonly recycled plastics.  Avoid plastic bags and polystyrene foam as both typically have very low recycling rates. 
  8. Volunteer at a beach cleanup.  Surfrider Foundation Chaptersoften hold cleanups monthly or more frequently. 
  9. Support plastic bag bans, polystyrene foam bans and bottle recycling bills. 
  10. Spread the word.  Talk to your family and friends about why it is important to Rise Above Plastics!

This is my contribution to #9 and #10.  I am still working on my habits, related to #2 and #4.

Related Links: Lolako article on Bill to Ban Styrofoam (polystyrene) containers in California, and ideas on how to have a special event free of water bottles, or view all post in the category pollution / recycling topics.

We can all do our part to reduce plastic use, and plastic pollution.   Which part of the above list of 10 is the most challenging for you, and why?