by Marilyn Flick

The fourth United Nations meeting of 175 countries to draft a global treaty to curb the explosive growth of plastic pollution by the end of 2024 is going on currently in Canada.

In the meantime, make your personal commitment to use less plastic:

  • Avoid single-use plastic whenever you can: This will always be the best solution.
  • Buy mesh bags in the produce department and use them instead of plastic for produce items. Wash the bags as needed and take them in with your re-usable grocery bags every time.
  • Avoid produce and bakery items sold in clamshells.
  • Buy in bulk. Bring your own glass containers. Weigh the jar beforehand to avoid being overcharged.
  • Limit takeout and delivery meals.
  • Select glass bottles instead of plastic for cooking oils, salad dressings, etc.
  • Use aluminum foil instead of plastic wrap. Or try reusable Bee’s Wrap.
  • Use plastic wastebasket liners more than once.
  • Take your own leftover container when you go out to eat.
  • Take your own water bottle and coffee cup from home
  • Take your own utensils and straw for fast food stops. Keep a real (metal or wooden) spoon and fork in a baggy in your car and at your desk at work.
  • Look for paper, glass, or metal straws. Refuse plastic straws in your drinks.
  • Purchase wooden toys.
  • Use only real or biodegradable plates.
  • Instead of synthetic sponges, try UnSponges, a washable and tumble-dry alternative.
  • Save glass jars and use them instead of Tupperware to store grains, nuts, flour and other foods.
  • Stop buying bottled water.
  • Avoid the plastic trays used for meat, fish, and deli items.
  • Carry reusable shopping bags. Wash them regularly.
  • Reduce the purchase of individually packaged snacks. Buy in bulk instead.
  • Use reusable containers and reuse plastic bags multiple times for storing vegetables and other food products.
  • Buy bamboo toothbrushes with a 100 percent biodegradable handle.

You can also combat non-recyclable items and plastic pollution by making your voice heard to the corporations and manufacturers that produce the products and to the markets where you shop. “Ask for what you want.”

Do you have Personal Green Choices to share with all of us? I will collect them for future segments. Contact Marilyn Flick.