Really Bad Elf Perpetuates Plastic Pollution

This naughty elf is Unsustainable Scott!, and he perpetuates plastic pollution profusion!

What a gift it would be if this little elf would use a reusable coffee filter with loose ground coffee in his Keurig! Not only could he add the used coffee grounds to his compost pile, or mix it into soil around his evergreens or roses, but he could also save himself money by buying ground coffee or beans in bulk, AND prevent more plastic waste at the same time! (Especially if he used a PAPER or stainless steel straw, instead of a plastic one.)

Keurigs, which are basically little on-demand water heaters, are a very energy efficient way to heat water for single serving hot drinks, more efficient than teapots or saucepans.

It is super convenient and fast to put a tea bag or a powdered hot chocolate mix right in your mug, and then, using the empty holder that would hold one of the single serving cups,  tap the the “brew” button to get just the right amount of hot water you need to to fit the capacity of your mug.

A coffee filter like this one may be filled with loose ground coffee to make the perfect single serving size cuppa joe.

A Keurig type machine is the most energy efficient way to heat water for hot beverages including tea and hot chocolate.

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Not the fastest or cheapest but prolly the most fun way to get ppl to use reusable shopping bags

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So… we’re going old school to up-cycle textiles and put polluting plastic shopping bags into remission… We’re having a Reusable Shopping Bags Sewing Bee on Sat. June 4, 2017 from 1-4 pm at the Fayetteville (NY) Free Library maker space. If you have a machine and know how to sew,…

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Easy to dispense with these dispensers!

Three plastic pump soap dispensing bottles

We can dispense with plastic pump soap dispensers!

#PlasticThingsICanLiveWithout : These are easy! From now on, only bar soap for hand washing. What #PlasticStuff can u avoid using? Are you ready for #PlasticFreeFriday?

How does limiting our purchase and use of #PlasticStuff help fight climate change? Most #PlasticStuff is made from petroleum based fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are hydrocarbon deposits, such as petroleum, coal, or natural gas, which were formed some 300 million years ago, from remains of ancient plants and animals. When fossil fuels are burned, carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are released. They are called greenhouse gases because they act like the glass on a greenhouse, absorbing infrared radiation, and trapping heat within the earth’s atmosphere, resulting in global warming. Every time you (and thousands of other people) stop buying something, less of it is produced. When less #PlasticStuff is produced, less fossil fuels are burned. When less fossil fuels are burned, less greenhouse gas is released into the atmosphere.

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