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25 Ways You Can Use Less Plastic

I can’t imagine anyone anywhere not feeling disturbed by a sight like the image below. With nearly 8 billion people on this planet, and growing, the earth’s ecology is under attack by trapped greenhouse gases above and human garbage in our waterways, oceans, and landfills.

Scuba diver swimming in ocean surrounded by plastic waste

One of the most damaging influences on our air, water, and soil quality and sustainability is from the manufacturing, use, and disposal of plastic.

The headlines are full of news about plastic: which products are banned, what can really be recycled, and most tragically, the amount of plastic in our oceans.

According to the Ocean Conservancy, 8 million metric tons of plastic entered the ocean in 2018. I can’t even picture what that amount of plastic would look like, let alone how to stop it. And despite so many calls to limit plastic use and production, we’re on track for at least as much plastic to enter our oceans this year, too.

Plastic has become so prevalent in our lives that it’s entering the fossil record, leading some to call this the Plastic Age. In the face of complex issues like our dependence on plastic, what do we do?

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