Have a Plastic Free 2019

5 Eco-Related New Year Resolutions!

Written by Andrea Biniskiewicz

In light of the new year, why not make a few resolutions that revolve around Earth? As the plastic epidemic continues to sweep the nation, we’ve compiled a list of 5 ways to help out Mother Nature in 2019.

1. Use Metal Straws

Why:

  • Eliminates plastic straws, which Americans (JUST – Americans alone) use up to 500 million per DAY.
  • They’re a conversation starter at your local coffee shop, bar, or restaurant when someone asks where you got it 😉
  • Doesn’t make your drink (hot OR cold) taste metal-y!! YAY!

Where to buy:

How to Use: simply clean the straw before first use with warm water and soap (and a little brush if you have one), and put in your delicious drink!

2019 Challenge: Don’t buy from a coffee shop (we know how hard it is!!) unless you have your metal straw with you.

2. Beeswax Wrappers – The New Way to Store Food

Why:

  • Eliminates plastic wrap waste
  • Wraps with flexibility and durability using the heat of your hand
  • Keeps food fresh longer – tested & verified!
  • Easy to clean!! Rinse with warm water and soap and ta-da!
  • Is compostable – yay zero waste!

Where to Buy:

How to Use:

  • Wrap beeswax wrapper over the top of your container, or wrap your whole food item! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

2019 Challenge: completely eliminate saran wrap and plastic sandwich bags from your house.

 

3. Use Reusable Cloth Napkins

Why:

  • Eliminates paper napkins – which result in a more trashy planet, AND aren’t efficient
  • Easy to clean
  • Won’t have you chasing them down the park when a slight breeze comes through

Where to Buy:

How to Use:

  • Simply run through a wash cycle before first use
  • Wipe saucy hands
  • Rinse in warm water and soap or run through a wash cycle

2019 Challenge: Use these cloth napkins at your next picnic party (maybe once this rain subsides ;)) and let us know how it goes!

 

4. Bamboo Utensil Kits – Your To-Go Lunch Savior

Why:

  • They’re the new thing
  • Eliminates plastic utensils when eating take out, cooking in the outdoors, etc.
  • Easy to clean
  • Reduce clutter with the cute packaging (that comes with a carabiner)

Where to Buy:

  • ECOSLO! Buy our branded utensil set!
  • Lincoln Deli

How to Use:

  • Wash with warm water and soap before first use
  • Munch away!
  • Pro tip: keep a pair at your office in case you forget them!

2019 Challenge: IF your office stores plastic silverware in case someone forgets their fork, exchange them for a few utensil kits!

5. 2019 will be so lit – Solar Powered Camping Lights

Why:

  • Stay ~lit~
  • They look cool

Where to Buy:

How to Use:

  • Place solar lantern in the sun for 3 hours to charge up & blow it up at night!

2019 Challenge: Bring your solar lantern along with you on your next camping trip to cut back on battery and electricity usage!

Simple & rather quick changes to daily lifestyles may seem minuscule to an individual, but to the planet, it means millions! So next time you go to use a single-use plastic item, remember that it’s about consciousness over convenience, every small decision that you make toward a more sustainable lifestyle really adds up and can even influence those around you. We challenge you to make these 5 small changes throughout 2019 – we’re all in this together!

Do you have any other ways that you practice avoiding single-use plastic? Share them with us at programs@ecoslo.org!