Here at L-S Industries, we provide a number of products that qualify as green — our sustainable packaging products for example! Sustainability can be described as the preservation of people, resources, and the planet through social, environmental, and economically responsible decision making. It is an important block of which L-S Industries was built upon. Our plastic packaging products are made with recyclable HDPE or polypropylene corrugated plastic. Additionally, our products are made to be reusable. Together, this helps us (and you!) reduce the amount of plastic waste generated.
Now it’s your turn! Here are five simple, sustainable tips to reduce the amount of plastic waste within your day-to-day work (and life) routine.
- Use reusable bottles and cups.
Bottled water produces 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year. Additionally, these bottles require 47 million gallons of oil to produce. And, how long does a plastic bottle take to decompose? On average, 450 years! Yes, you read that correctly, four hundred and fifty years. By purchasing a refillable, reusable water bottle, one can lessen the number of plastic water bottles that end up in landfills and oceans.
Do you want to go a step further?
Bring a reusable cup or thermos to your go-to coffee shop and ask the barista to use your cup instead. This is an easy, effective alternative to plastic, paper, or Styrofoam and will prevent a lot of unnecessary waste.
- Carry reusable shopping bags.
Despite their limited durability, an estimate of about five billion to one trillion thin, plastic shopping bags are used around the world each year — 380 million of those are in the United States. Although these bags are no cost to consumers, they carry a high cost for the environment, taking anywhere from 20-1,000 years to decompose. Bringing our own reusable shopping bags is a common yet extremely beneficial measure to take when aiming to reduce plastic wastes. In fact, plastic disposable shopping bags are being so highly discouraged that many cities, such as San Francisco and Washington, D.C., have banned the use of them.
- Skip the frozen food section.
Frozen foods might be a convenient option, but they are accompanied by a plethora of plastic. Your favorite meals might be packaged in cardboard and labeled “eco-friendly,” but did you know that these containers are still coated in a layer of plastic? Giving up frozen foods might be challenging, but you’ll also be eating less processed foods, thus avoiding the chemicals that come along with plastic packaging.
- Avoid using plastic straws.
In the U.S., we go through about 500 million straws a day — that’s enough to circle the earth 2.5 times! Avoiding the use of plastic straws is one of the easier ways to reduce plastic waste. When ordering at a restaurant, or even at a drive-thru window, simply inform your server that you do not need a straw. If life without a straw is something you cannot imagine, there are many alternatives to plastic straws, such as stainless steel, that you could use and reuse time and time again.
- Bring your own container for takeout.
Maybe you consistently take your leftovers home, or maybe you’re picking up a take-out order. Either way, it is an easy task to bring your own reusable containers from home. When taking leftovers home, just place your extras in your own reusable container — rather than asking for a to-go box, which are most often plastic or Styrofoam — and when placing an order for take-out, ask if you could have your food placed in your own container when you arrive. Most restaurants will have no problem with such actions and requests.
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