Reducing Plastic Pollution

Plastics are a convenience but come at a great environmental cost. Here are some suggestions for how to reduce plastic pollution.

          EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT PLASTICS

General Talking Points: Plastics by the Numbers  

 

The Case for Reusables in Fairfax County

 

Why Use Reusable Bags?  

 

Why Use Reusable Bottles?  

 

Slideshow: Single Use Plastics and Fairfax County

 

Visuals: YouTube Videos and Documentaries

 

          TAKE PERSONAL ACTION: REUSE AND REFUSE

Use reusables

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Make eco-friendly choices whenever possible

  • Skip the bag altogether
  • Store reusable bags in the car so they are handy, and put them on the passenger seat when you are headed to the store. In the store? Walk back to your car and get that reusable bag!
  • Leave a reusable water bottle and coffee mug in your car to fill and refill on-the-go, to take to meetings, and when you travel
  • Say no to plastic straws
  • Purchase bulk items using containers or reusable produce bags
  • Bring a reusable container to the restaurant to take home leftovers—and reusable cups and cutlery to places that serve only plastic

More tips on how to go plastic-free:  https://myplasticfreelife.com/plasticfreeguide/

Contact elected officials about your concerns

Contact product manufacturers and local businesses (e.g. restaurants) about excessive packaging

 

          EDUCATE AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO TAKE ACTION:

Share what you have learned on social media

  • Pass along information and resources to family and friends
  • Share your own eco-friendly actions to role model sustainable practices
  • Inspire others to write to elected officials and business owners

Hold an environmental awareness event

  • Collaborate with Clean Fairfax to help with planning and resources
  • Share the PPT, show a short youtube video, or screen a documentary with a community group, religious institution, school classroom/club, scout troop, etc. Facilitate a discussion and develop an action plan.

Buy eco-friendly gifts

  • Sustainably produced and/or promote sustainability