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How to cut down on plastic consumption

Posted at 7:42 AM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 08:42:45-04

It comes with your morning latte, most take-out meals, and is even one of the very first things that you touch when you wake up in the morning. Plastic is intertwined in every aspect of our lives, so getting rid of it can be tough, but small steps can get you on your way.

Sixty million plastic water bottles, 200 million plastic bags and 500 million plastic straws are thrown away every day in the U.S.

More and more restaurants and businesses in southeast Wisconsin have ditched plastic straws like Hi Hat Lounge on Brady Street. Also, Kroger, the parent company for Pick N’ Save and Metro Market, is planning to eliminate plastic bags in its stores by 2025.

But you can cut out plastic starting with your morning latte. If you bring in your own coffee mug to places like Seattle’s Best, Peet’s Coffee and Starbucks, you won’t only cut your plastic use, but you can get a discount.

Other ways you can reduce your plastic use include using metal clothes hangers instead of plastic ones, bringing your own container when getting take-out, getting a doggy bag from a restaurant and using glassware instead of plastic for leftovers.

San Francisco just became the first city to ban the sale of plastic bottles. Cities like Washington, D.C., Portland, Maine and New York City have added a 5 cent tax for getting a plastic grocery bag.