Reduce Your Plastic Footprint

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10 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Footprint

Have you ever wondered how to reduct your plastic footprint? It’s easier than you might think. Here are 10 tips to reduce your plastic footprint that you can start today.

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Carry reusable Cloth Bags

Keep a few in your purse, car, or briefcase and use them instead of plastic shopping bags. At some grocery stores, you will actually get a discount for bringing your own bag.

reusable shopping bag

Avoid Buying Bottled Water

Carry a stainless steel water bottle with you, use water fountains, or drink from the tap. In the U.S., tap water is regulated much more than bottled water. It is perfectly tasty and healthy.

Avex Wells Autospout Water Bottle - 32oz

Bring Your Own Coffee Mug

A reusable thermos or coffee mug is easy to transport and durable. Using one will help cut down on Styrofoam cups and plastic lids.

reusable coffee mugs

Use Wax Paper or Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil and wax paper are recyclable and can also add more protection to your food than plastic wrap. Consider storing leftovers in a bowl with a plate over it instead of using plastic wrap.

sandwich wrapped in wax paper

Don’t Use Straws

Most of the time you don’t really need a lid or straw, especially if you’re staying in a restaurant to eat. Straws were the THIRD most common item found last year during the International coastal Cleanup and can choke seabirds and other marine animals.

soda without a lid or straw

Resist the Urge to Wrap your Produce in Plastic

Most produce, like a bunch of bananas or a head of broccoli, is already bundled. If you plan on washing your fruits and veggies when you get home from the store, there is no need to put them in individual plastic bags.


Use a Bar of Soap

This is one of the easiest ways to reduce your plastic footprint. Bars of soap are often less expensive, last longer, and work just as well for washing your hands and body.

bar soap

Avoid Using Plastic Utensils

Bring your own utensils with you to work if you often take your food. If you need to buy disposable utensils for an event, look for biodegradable alternatives made out of potato or corn starch. These can easily be composted.

biodegradable utinsles

Choose Natural Products

Spread the word by telling your retailer about your preference for recyclable and compostable materials. Make an effort to recycle all plastic products and packaging when you buy them. Styrofoam peanuts and take-out containers should be totally avoided since there are many recyclable alternatives. Styrofoam is not recyclable and takes thousands of years to break down in a landfill.

natural fibers

Pick Up Litter

Plastic is harmful to animals and can choke or kill them. When plastic starts to break down, it releases harmful toxins that pollute waterways. Do your part to help care for our watersheds.

Picking up litter


The Watershed Project


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Kathy Dalton
Go Adventure Mom’s found, Kathy Dalton, launched Go Adventure Mom in 2012 in an effort to bring women together that love travel and the outdoors. As a former ski instructor, Kathy has taken her love for outdoor recreation and through the power of social media has created a platform to share her passion with the world. As a mom of three, Kathy loves to share her family adventures in Utah, cross-country skiing up Millcreek Canyon, skiing in the Wasatch Mountains, camping in Grand Teton National Park and camping in the Uintas. Kathy has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Parents and Parenting magazine. Kathy is a regular contributor to Visit Salt Lake and is a tip contributor on TripAdvisor.
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