Bring your own bags - This is the most obvious one, but it’s also the most effective. If you always have a couple of reusable bags with you, you’ll never need to take a plastic bag from the store.
Don’t use plastic produce bags - Those little plastic bags they give you at the grocery store for your fruits and veggies are totally unnecessary. Just put your produce loose in your reusable bag.
Buy in bulk - Purchasing items in bulk can help reduce the amount of packaging waste. Plus, it usually saves you money in the long run.
Avoid individually wrapped items - If you can, choose items that are not individually wrapped in plastic. For example, buy a big bag of nuts instead of the little individual bags.
Bring your own containers - If you’re buying something like bulk grains or soup from a deli, bring your own container to put it in. Most places will be happy to accommodate you.
Say no to straws - Plastic straws are one of the worst offenders when it comes to plastic pollution. If you don’t need a straw, just say no.
Bring your own coffee mug - To-go coffee cups are usually lined with plastic, which means they can’t be recycled. Bring your own mug and save the cup.
Purchase secondhand items - One way to reduce your reliance on plastic is to buy secondhand items instead of new. You can find just about anything you need secondhand these days, from clothes to furniture to dishes.
Avoid plastic-wrapped items - If you can, try to purchase items that are not wrapped in plastic. This is often easier said than done, but it’s worth it if you can manage it.
Recycle what you can - While recycling won’t eliminate the need for new plastic, it’s still a good way to reduce your waste. Make sure you’re recycling all the plastic you can.