As Americans, we have a seemingly co-dependent relationship with plastic products. Water bottles, Tupperware, grocery bags, you name it. We just can’t get away. It’s like, “The Blob,” and we’re all Steve McQueen.

So if plastic is so great, why is it so not? Aside from warfare over oil, and the havoc it wreaks on our ecosystems, it’s really not so healthy. Over 93% of adults have traces of a chemical byproduct, BPA, in their systems. And that’s the new norm!

With a little help from Wellness Mama, we bring you these tips for reducing plastic consumption in your everyday life.

1. Being Practical

It’s hard to argue with the usefulness of plastic. And when it comes to convenience, it’s got that in spades. On a given day, it’s near-impossible to not come in contact with a product containing plastic. It’s in our clothing, around the food we eat, and pretty much any place that you can think.

Avoiding plastic entirely is a feat not often won. So we challenge you to think more practically about the role plastic plays in YOUR life here in Cumberland County. Where can you cut corners? Are you still using plastic grocery bags? Do you opt for plastic flatware?

When you slowly start to change the way you waste, you quickly start to realize every difference that it makes.

2. Using Reusables

There’s quite a number of alternative products you can use in place of plastic. Swapping flatware, containers, cups, mugs, and plates for a stainless steel substitute is most cost-effective over time, not to mention environmentally sound—and let’s face it, they look so much better!

But if you must go synthetic for your kitchen storage, consider a product that uses silicone over plastic. Silicone is a hybrid of rubber and plastic polymers, and has a higher melting point, which means less chemical secretion.

3. Shopping Smart
When you step into the aisles of a boxed-shape superstore, you’re met with tons and tons of plastic packaging. And while it can be hard to find products without synthetic casing, wrappings, and embellishments, it isn’t impossible.

Try and opt for local farm stands when in season (there are so many here in Cumberland County alone!), and get into the habit of bringing a recycled bag to the store to carry your groceries. Do you really need to use those plastic bags?

For more information on how you can GO GREEN in Cumberland County, visit our Recycling Program page.

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