Can you go without plastic for a month? Can you make a list of all the things you use that come in plastic — and then come up with innovative reusable or biodegradable alternatives?
Methow Recycles is challenging its staff — and anyone else who wants to take on the project — to swear off plastic for the month of February.
The main focus is on single-use, disposable plastics, like take-out containers, plastic bags and food wrap, and straws. But the countless other items in our lives that come in plastic packaging are also fair game.
Participants in Plastic-Free February are encouraged to find ways to avoid using plastic altogether. The challenge will also increase awareness of the myriad ways in which plastic is woven into our lives.
Methow Recycles offers starter suggestions — bringing your own tote bag for groceries and other purchases, using washable mesh bags for bulk produce or grains, and keeping a travel mug handy for coffee.
It takes some ingenuity, but often merely remembering to bring your reusable containers and developing new habits is the key. Many local businesses already offer straws made from bamboo or steel, or refillable bottles for beer and kombucha.
Participants are encouraged to take photos of the plastic they do use and to compare their ingenious alternatives with others on social media.
To participate, contact Methow Recycles at 997-0520 or email@example.com.