Four Tips from #PlasticFreeJuly on Becoming More Sustainable

Four Tips from #PlasticFreeJuly on Becoming More Sustainable

As we enter August, we want to share some valuable sustainable alternatives we learned during #PlasticFreeJuly that can be used year-round. While these swaps in our daily activities might seem small, they can actually help our ocean and planet long-term.

In the moment, we may throw away a soda can or plastic bag without thinking about the effects it can have on our environment, but the reality is extremely alarming. How long does it take our trash to break down in the ocean? Take a look:

Here are some tips on how to be more sustainable with simple alternatives that you can find at our Youngstown Area Goodwill locations:

Tip #1: On your next thrift trip, bring your reusable bags!

Next time, skip the plastic bags at check out and BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag). Don’t have any reusable bags? We have you covered. Purchase a Goodwill bag at checkout for only $1.50!

Tip #2: Stay hydrated with a reusable water bottle.

One plastic bottle takes 450 YEARS to breakdown in the ocean. Help reduce the plastic waste by purchasing a reusable water bottle. Stay hydrated in an eco-friendly way!

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Tip #3: Reduce waste with food containers.

Are you buying your dry goods at the grocery store in bulk? Ditch the packaging and put your items in glass jars. This sustainable solution can be an aesthetically pleasing way to display food in your kitchen or pantry.

Tip #4 Caffeinate with a reusable coffee cup or mug.

It is no doubt that we run on caffeinate here at Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries, but the typical coffee to-go cup is dangerous for our environment. Ditch your to-go cup and replace it with a tumbler or coffee mug! Whether it has a motivational saying or fun print, sip your beverage in a sustainable and stylish way.

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Being sustainably conscious is what we strive for. Even one sustainable switch per day can help make a huge impact on our planet. Shop with us today to get started on your sustainability journey.