How to reduce your use of single-use plastic

You’ve already bought the tote bags. Now what?

Plastic bags floating in the air

Learn what you can do to reduce your plastic consumption.

Photo via The City of Asheville

In case you missed it, Asheville is in the process of reducing single-use plastic. While we aren’t quite at the point of banning plastic bags, the movement has made some major strides. So far the City Council has:

  • Prohibited the use of plastic bags for leaf + brush disposal. Starting Tuesday, Aug. 1, residents will need to use biodegradable paper yard waste bags or reusable containers for brush disposal. Learn more.
  • Surveyed over 6,700 individuals on the Plastic Reduction Community survey. Recommendations from that input will be made in the fall of 2023.
  • Opened a survey for businesses that use plastic and styrofoam. Take the business survey.

But how can you reduce your personal plastic use? We’ve got a couple of tips for you:

  • Stock up on tote bags. We like this organic cotton tote featuring local artist Ivy-Grace Partin.
  • Shop zero waste and refill stores. Local shops like To the Brim and Ware AVL reduce product packaging waste by allowing you to refill containers rather than buying new ones.
  • Shop at a local farmers market. Products here often use less plastic packaging — just don’t forget to bring your aforementioned tote bag.
  • Swap out plastic bottles for reusable ones. This stackable steel tumbler from Asheville-based brand Pirani will keep your drinks hot or cold for hours.
  • Be clear on what you can and can’t recycle. Use this recycling guide from The City of Asheville to make sure you’re putting items in the correct bins.
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