- CLOTH BAGS: use cloth bags instead of plastic or paper when you shop (of course paper is better than plastic if you must chose). You can take them to the grocery store, the clothing store, the shoe store, etc. Anywhere you might need to carry your purchase. It's a one time, very affordable purchase that makes a huge difference.
- NO MORE BOTTLED WATER! These days, you can purchase a stainless steel reusable bottle for the same price (and sometimes less than) the price of a case of water! If you don't have a water filter at home, purchase a filter pitcher and you've got a one-time purchase water bottle. It's the same convenience as the plastic bottle if you plan ahead and stainless steel will keep your beverage cold longer.
- RECYCLE! OK, so I know it's unrealistic to think that we'll NEVER use anything plastic again in our lifetime. However, if we must, than we MUST recycle. These days, almost every community provides curbside recycling on trash days or the city provides recycling stations to drop off your reusable goods. Of course, with regards to recycling, this is definitely not limited to plastic. Contact your city to see what goods are collected. You'll be amazed at how little trash you accumulate when you're maintaining a recycling bin.
This community can do so much if we share our secrets. Remember, every little bit counts!