strategies for change
At the end of the day, it is individual people using single-use plastic and throwing it away that is leading to the volume of plastic entering our waste streams and the planet's oceans. Do we need single-use plastic? If we do, are there alternatives that don't end up in the trash? What if customers refused straws with their drink orders? Or demanded water refill stations be widely available?
Changing people's behaviors - getting them to actually think about their actions and the implications of those actions - would be a HUGE step towards ending the use and disposal of single-use plastic. Behavior change is hard and patient work but it can be done!
Things You Can Do
- Develop a pledge to stop use of single-use plastic
- Have a booth or some other presence at a local events like farmers markets or festivals
- Create a presentation about single-use plastics
- Create a Public Service Announcement video
- Get a Club to Pledge not to use single-use plastic
- Partner with an Organization or Sponsor to create a PSA
- Get your entire School to pledge not to use plastic water bottles
- Post on social media about single-use plastics and their alternatives
- Write a letter to the editor of a major local newspaper
- Do a plastic audit for a school/business/community
- Create a Litterati Club
- Host a movie screening
- Create a publicly displayed work of art made out of trash to raise awareness
- Organize a social media challenge
Tools to Inform
One of the most useful tools to get change behavior is to inform people about the dangers of single-use plastic. Many people do not realize the scope of the problem, or are misinformed about it. Use the resources below to both educate people about single-use plastic, and the ways we can put a stop to it!
Tools to Make a Difference
These resources can help you and your community take action to help both your local and global community.
This organization works towards providing access to clean water for those who need, while urging against the wasteful consumption of bottled water. Use the information provided to inform others, and encourage those to donate money towards clean water, instead of buying a single-use plastic bottle!