Fiercely Green – Tips From A Green Teen

Hi Everyone,

On Earth Day Sunday I talked to you all about really reducing your use of plastic while we’re at home at this time. Plastic is bad for every living thing on our planet. Before plastic was invented people just got along without it – we can too. It’s a little harder now because plastic is inexpensive for manufacturers to use and so it’s everywhere.

Here are a few ways me and my family have reduced our use of plastic:

  1. Even though stores won’t provide you with plastic grocery bags anymore, lots of people are opting for the reusable types of bags that are coated with (you guessed it) plastic! For a fun craft during quarantine, you can use old clothing and other things you have around the house to make your own shopping bags. Here are a few tutorials for making your own from old t-shirts, fabric, and an item you probably never guessed you could reuse:
    Make a bag from a t-shirt
    Or using this method
    Or if you have some fabric around you can try this
    Or this one – if you’re a more experienced sewer
    This one is made from DOG FOOD BAGS!
  2. Stop using ziplock and sandwich bags. Just stop using them. You can use Tupperware containers, glassware, or repurposed deli containers for all your leftovers and sandwiches – in two weeks you won’t know why you ever used those plastic baggies.
  3. Stop using plastic water bottles. Instead opt for a reusable stainless steel or glass water bottles. There are many great zero waste websites where you can purchase one if you don’t already have something.
  4. Notice what you’re buying at the grocery store. Does one brand of an item you buy regularly come in plastic and another in a metal can or a glass bottle?  Support the companies who package using materials that are more sustainable than plastic.

Keep coming back here for more tips on being green!

~Lily Wallace

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.