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Lighter Living Task #8 Plastics and Reusables

Colorful plastic dishes for summer picnic

Lighter Living is more than a book. Lighter Living Tasks are weekly suggestions to make progress on decluttering, organizing and simplifying your life. By working on parts of your home each week, you will breaking big projects into small, manageable tasks.

Plastic clutter is overflowing in our supermarkets and landfills.¬†This week we will talk about plastics use and reusables. Our plastic usage has gotten out of control and is killing wildlife and filling our oceans and landfills. I read an article in Forbes about a dead whale filled with plastic. The article is entitled Yet Another Dead Whale is Grave Reminder of our Massive Plastic Problem. Seeing the plastic flowing out of the dead whale’s mouth was tragic.

It is time to assess our habits. Can we carry our own refillable water bottle or coffee mug? Can we reuse, recycle or refuse to buy more plastic? I suggest bringing your own bags to the grocery store and carrying around a water bottle everywhere you go.

I cringe when I see so many water bottles for sale at my grocery store. We have good drinking water and it seems so ridiculous to buy cases of water bottles when we can refill our own bottle.

Look at your home and how you store food. Be mindful at the grocery store. Understand recycling. I learned a lot when I read the article 11 Things You Should Really Stop Recycling. Number ten is to-go coffee cups! Just bring your own mug to the coffee shop!

Let’s all work together to reduce waste!

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