As plastics corporations ramp up production, they are also promoting a failing recycling system. Just 9% of plastics get recycled. Traditional plastics are made from extracted oil and gas, and they contribute to the rising temperatures behind the climate crisis. How you’re recycling plastic wrong, from coffee cups to toothpaste Read more Environment experts are increasingly calling for a reduction in plastic use, as the waste accumulates in the oceans , poor countries and even human bodies . Plastics are also burned, as China – which once accepted the bulk of America’s waste – has begun to refuse it. And more than a million Americans lived next to polluting incinerators . Significant reductions will require systemic change, researchers say. But there are also some easy tips for individuals who want to cut back on plastics. (If this list is overwhelming and you’re not sure where to start, collect your plastic waste for a month and conduct an audit. Cut back on what you find the most of.) 1 Carry a reusable bottle, fork/spoon and bag Be sure to use these items as many times as possible so they are worth the resources they take to create. 2 Refuse the […]

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