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Millennials are saving the planet with #skipthestraw

<who>Photo Credit: 5 minute beach cleanup</who>

Contrary to the lingering boomer sentiment, millennials aren’t just lazy, frivolous procrastinators.

Today’s young people have taken matters into their own hands- placing a focus on environmental awareness and change.

It’s through their eco-conscious lens that you’ve probably heard of #skipthestraw; a movement that’s been spreading like wildfire in hopes to rid the planet of unnecessary, burdensome, single-use plastics.

Environmental sustainability doesn’t begin and end with straws.

Major label grocery chains have been moving away from plastic bags.

Big names like Lego are also hopping aboard the green train with an announcement that they aim to be petroleum-plastic free by 2030, switching to a plant-based alternative.

Already this year, shelves will be lined with the very first sustainable bricks.

The list goes on and on.

Change is on the horizon, and as slow as it may seem, every little bit helps.

So how can I help?

Refusing is better than recycling

  • Start by bringing your own water bottles and coffee thermoses with you.
  • Ask establishments to make your latte in your reusable cup instead of one you will just toss out.
  • Keep cloth grocery bags in your vehicle at all times.
  • Refuse straws while you’re dining out.
  • Pack your lunch in a washable container.
  • Buy your food from the bulk section, filled in reusable jars.

With a world overrun with plastics, we are literally drowning the ocean in toxic particles and debris.

Change always takes a little bit of effort, but once you’re in the habit, it’ll become second nature.

Do your part- join the #skipthestraw movement and say no to single-use plastics.

With Earth Day coming up this Sunday- find out what’s available in your community and pitch in!

<who>Photo Credit: the Story of Stuff Project</who>

How do you plan to help keep our planet clean and green?

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