Three Disposable Habits to Beat before Earth Day

March 9th, 2010

With the 40th anniversary of Earth Day just around the corner in April, it may be a great time to make a new green goal.

Consider giving up three disposables: fast-food wrappers, Dixie cups and plastic grocery bags.


1. Fast food wrappers

It saddens me to see the long lines at the drive-through of the Chick-fil-A near my home. Of all the fast food out there, Chick-fil-A is one that tends to be more tasty, so they’re always crazy busy.

However, Chick-fil-A goes through a ton of packaging for all those side items, not to mention their Styrofoam cups. Nothing on their menu is organic. Nothing on their website speaks of an environmentally conscious company. There’s so much they could do. Chick-fil-A could offer a discount to customers who come inside rather than idling in the drive-through. They could replace current food packaging with items more easily recycled locally. And it would sure be lovely if they used organic chicken!

Now that I’ve finished picking on that chicken joint, I’d like to challenge you to limit your fast-food intake. Your health and the environment will thank you. Try to pack your lunch with reusable containers instead of plastic baggies.

2. Dixie bathroom cups

It doesn’t matter if you’re using paper or plastic, disposable bathroom cups can easily be replaced. My favorite bathroom vessel is a clear glass espresso cup. You may also use a small juice glass. If you don’t own one, visit an antique shop. I always see tons of retro juice glasses when I stroll around antique malls. Not only will you save dough and landfill space, but you won’t have to empty your bathroom trash as often.

3. Plastic grocery bags

While you may not think of yourself as purchasing plastic bags at the grocery store, you are. Many grocers are now offering a discount if you take your own bags to the store. While it may be tempting to purchase the $1 bags offered at many shops, you’ll be happier if you invest in a sturdy cotton bags that can be thrown in the washing machine. Bags with long handles are my favorite since you can put them over your shoulder. Also, don’t forget produce bagsfor your veggies and fruit.

(Image via flickr/SMercury98)

2 Responses to “Three Disposable Habits to Beat before Earth Day”

  1. Linette on March 9, 2010 10:27 am

    My goal is to be more consistent with the grocery bags. I have some re-usable bags, and need to get a couple more, and make sure I put them back in the car for grocery day! I have a hard time remembering the bags until I get to the checkout lane. I am doing better though! I’ve been trying to associate it with the grocery list, grab the list, grab the bags.

  2. Peggy on March 9, 2010 3:29 pm

    Linette, putting them on your list is a great idea. Also, it’s helpful for me to put them back into my car trunk too.

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