Zero Waste Tips

Please enjoy these 30 easy tips and great resources to help you reduce waste, save you money and keep you and the planet more healthy. Thank you to everyone that shared tips, commented and hearted! 


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Zero Waste Day 2: Reusable Bottle ✧ Plenty to choose from—from stainless steel to glass. Even a jar will do. ✧ According to @earthdaynetwork: • Humans buy about 1 million plastic bottles per minute in total. Only about 23% of plastic bottles are recycled within the U.S. • Americans purchase about 50 billion water bottles per year, averaging about 13 bottles per month for every person in the U.S. That means by using a reusable water bottle, you could save an average of 156 plastic bottles annually. • Single-use-plastics often do not make it to a landfill or are recycled. 32% of the 78 million tons of plastic packaging produced annually is left to flow into our oceans; the equivalent of pouring one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute. This is expected to increase to two per minute by 2030 and four per minute by 2050. By 2050, this could mean there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. Choosing to buy products with less packaging or no packaging altogether makes a big difference. ✧ Photo 2 & 3: @randyolson for @natgeo #planetorplastic ✧ GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a Grand Market Tote (see Day 1) + a starter kit of our Pantry Pouches (a combined value of $250+). We’d love to see how you practice #zerowaste in your everyday. Mention or tag @aplatsf in your posts or stories throughout the month of January. We’ll save them all and a random winner will be announced early February. #aplat

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Zero Waste Day 16: Reusable Coffee Cup ✧ Another obvious one, but we couldn’t do our first Zero Waste challenge without including this top tip. It’s wonderful to grab a cup of coffee or tea at your local cafe or office, but we suggest using your own reusable cup each time. Sure it feels good placing that paper cup and plastic lid in the proper recycling bin, but the actual recycling is much more complicated than you think. ✧ Fact: Disposable coffee cups can’t be recycled UNLESS you separate the paper exterior from the plastic-lined interior. Because the layers are so thin, it’s impossible to do by hand and requires a special machine. This process is not cost-effective and is too time-consuming for a recycling factory to do, and so these billions of coffee cups end up in landfills each year. ✧ Pic 2: This is what a week’s worth of disposable coffee cups looks like for a person who drinks 2-3 cups a day (greenreview.blogspot.com). Pic 3: This is where most coffee cups end up (calacademy.org/photo by Justin Ritchie). ✧ GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a Grand Market Tote (see Day 1) + a starter kit of our Pantry Pouches (a combined value of $250+). We’d love to see how you practice #zerowaste in your everyday. Mention or tag @aplatsf in your posts or stories throughout the month of January. We’ll save them all and a random winner will be announced early February.

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