Create a greener future this Earth Day

T-Mag Wednesday 20/April/2022 14:33 PM
By: Statepoint
Create a greener future this Earth Day

The small choices you make matter. By reducing your use of plastic today, you can help write the story of a more sustainable tomorrow. This Earth Day, commemorated on April 22, take steps to reduce your own contribution to this mounting problem

Humans produce over 380 million tons of plastic every year. Because plastic doesn’t biodegrade, it creates waste, litter and pollution. But there are steps you can take to reduce your own contribution to this mounting problem. Here are a few ideas to consider this Earth Day2

• Hold the plastic: Ordering in tonight? Chances are you don’t need the plastic utensils that come with your meal. The good news is that many online food delivery platforms offer you the option of forgoing plastic forks, knives and spoons. If this option isn’t available, you may be able to use a “special instructions” field to make the same request.

• Write right: Switch to brands that are working toward sustainable solutions, such as Pilot Pen. Since 2007, Pilot has been producing premium pens with recycled content, like B2P.

B2P (or ‘Bottle-2-Pen’) Gel pens by G2 contain 89% post-consumer upcycled plastic, and are the world’s first pens made of recycled plastic bottles. With 2.5 million plastic bottles entering landfills every hour in the United States, this is a good example of how companies can convert plastic into a valuable resource.

• Ditch single-use items: Speaking of plastic bottles, the array of amazing reusable water bottles available today will have you breaking your single-use bottle habit in no time. Models today include all kinds of innovative features that make it easy to make the switch, including water filtration, insulation, sleek designs and built-in straws.

• Rethink your household routine: Studies show that 39% of shoppers in the United States want “sustainable” options. Roughly the same amount also look for premium quality from the items they choose for their families. So many household items are packaged in plastic, but more sustainable alternatives are available, from zero waste bathroom products to eco-friendly cleaning supplies. Product packaging is also getting eco-friendly updates.