It’s hard to imagine this today but as recently as the 1970s, it was not uncommon for people to throw trash out the window of their cars. Coffee cups, cigarette boxes, whole bags of fast food trash – just tossed onto the highway. Public education campaigns changed national habits profoundly so that now, this kind of behavior is unthinkable. It’s as simple as waiting until you get home to dispose of your trash. With Circle K Conserve, we’re working to bring that same mindset to consumers – with fuel! Our Reduced Emissions Program empowers consumers to make a difference every time they fill up by supporting local and global projects.
So what about plastics? We all know we should use less. We also know we shouldn’t eat too much sugar but that doesn’t exactly make it easier. Sometimes overhauling habits just seems completely overwhelming. But the reality is that little changes can make a big difference.
Get ahead of things and start changing your habits now. It’s much easier than we think to dramatically shrink our plastic waste footprint.
- Dump Plastic Bags
Most of us have adopted the habit of bringing reusable bags when we grocery shop. But what about stopping by the gas station on the way home? Or running into the drug store to grab a few things? You may not have your bags with you. Try making it a habit to put your reusable bags right near the door you use to head to your car. The first time you tell a cashier you don’t need a bag, it feels awkward. You’ll feel weird tucking a bottle of shampoo into your purse or walking out of the store carrying your snacks. But it gets easier and eventually you’ll wonder why you ever thought you needed a single-use bag. There are so many styles of reusable bags to choose from. Finding a style you like makes it even easier to remember to pack them.
- Say No to Disposable Straws and Utensils
There are exceptions, naturally, but many of us do not actually need a straw. Think about how many times you’re handed one that you never use. Same with ordering takeout. It’s almost a default to toss plastic utensils in the bag. If you’re at home, they probably go straight in the trash. If you won’t use them, you don’t have to take them. And if you need reusable utensils or straws on the go, get yourself a nice set and you’ve just created less plastic waste. Congrats!
- Buy In Bulk
If your kids routinely need snacks to go – and honestly, what kid doesn’t? – you’re familiar with snack- sized bags of everything. Instead of ending up with a pile of wrappers and bags to throw away, buy in bulk. You can even have your kids pack their own snacks in reusable containers. They’re perfect for things like crackers and cheese cubes and they’re – ta da! – almost waste-free!
Let’s make single-use plastics as rare to see as a phone booth or a smoking section. When we all do a little bit, it makes a big difference.