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Have you done your part to #beatplasticpollution?

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Did you know that 50% of the plastic we use is single-use or disposable? Or that nearly 40% of the plastic we use is used for packaging? On World Environment Day, celebrated on June 5, communities around the world showed their commitment to #beatplasticpollution. Organisations around the world announced new pledges.  Have you done your part to join the fight against plastic pollution?

Here are three simple tips and tricks to get you started:

  1. Refuse what you can´t reuse: No matter if someone is offering it to you, if you are running errands or you are consuming any goods and services, remember to refuse the plastic that you can’t reuse. Look and ask for a reusable option and if unavailable, simply refuse it. Check out these 8 alternatives to plastic wrap for a zero waste win.
  2. Calculate your plastic consumption and make a plan to reduce, refuse or reuse specific plastic items using this ready to use template. Browse books, blogs and other resources to help you reach your goal step-by-step.
  3. Do it yourself: Rather than relying on the industry to cut down plastic packaging or offering inexpensive eco-friendly alternatives, start making things your own. You will cut down plastic consumption and produce less waste in general. Here are 60 things you can start making yourself instead of buying – from skin and beauty products, household cleaners and necessities, food and condiments, to shoes and clothing. Pick one out of each category to get started.

Remember that at the end of the day, you are responsible and in charge of the choices you make. Opt for earth-friendly alternatives over plastic products for everyday living starting now to do your part to protect the environment.