Ditch the Disposables

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Why ditch the disposables?
Because the air, water and energy we need to live is being used up and trashed at an alarming rate.

Since the worst of the problems (pollution that makes us ill, carbon that heats the planet)  happens in the making of all our stuff, every time you avoid buying or using a disposable item — you are taking a step toward cleaner air, cleaner water and living well without waste.

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500 million straws are used and discarded
every day in the United States alone. That’s 175 Billion each year sent to landfills and littering streets, waterways and oceans.  More info available here.   Say "No straw please" when ordering your drink. After it arrives is too late.  Use a durable washable straw, Businesses can create the demand for alternatives simply by asking their vendors. 

 

500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide each year. That's over one million plastic bags per minute.  Reduce your use of single use bags,  reuse bags to avoid buying trash liners, dogdoo bags, and more, and then recycle what is left.  In Lane County most grocery stores and transfer stations accept plastic bags marked with a 2 or 4.

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Pulp and paper is the third largest industrial polluter to air, water and land in both Canada and the United States, and releases well over 100 million kg of toxic pollution each year — reduce your use of disposable paper products (cups, towels, napkins, plates) to protect our health.

Plastic forks are not recyclable. 50% or more of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away. In the first 10 years of this century we have manufactured more plastic than in all of the 20th century.  

Plastic is not evil, it can serve life-saving and energy saving purposes (such as in a hospital, or building materials) let's stop wasting it on things we trash after one use.


Lane County offers waste preventing gifts at several events throughout Lane County every year.
Come see us at one of the below events to Pledge to make a difference and receive a handy waste preventing tool:
- Lane County Fair
- Cottage Grove Western Oregon Exposition Heritage Fair
- Florence Green Fair
- Lane County Home and Garden Green Fair