Task of the Month Program for Eliminating Single-Use Plastic

Plastic: it’s not as recyclable as you thought. Much is ending up in the oceans, where it has a devastating effect on wildlife. In landfills, plastic doesn’t break down, and is ultimately harmful to human health. The process of producing plastic in the first place is harmful to health and the environment.

It can be challenging to wean ourselves off plastics. Not only are they everywhere — and alternatives can be hard to find — but they’re convenient. That’s why we have come to rely on them so much! But with some attention and effort we can eliminate, or at least substantially reduce, our plastic use. As we do, we benefit human health at the same time as improving conditions for wildlife and reduce greenhouse gases.

Tasks:

  • January: Plastic bags
  • February: Plastic bottles
  • March: Plant pots
  • April: Produce containers
  • May: Plates and plasticware
  • June: Straws
  • July: Jugs
  • August: Cups
  • September: Plastic wrap
  • October: Take-out containers
  • November: Yogurt cups and other containers
  • December: ¬†Microbeads

Each month, you’ll receive an email with suggestions for reducing (and eventually eliminating) that month’s target type of plastic. By focusing on one type of item for an entire month, you’ll have a chance to set new habits and make them part of your daily life before moving on to another area. Even if you’ve already eliminated a particular category of single-use plastic, please read the email anyway, to learn how you can maximize your impact.

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