20 ways to plastic-proof your routine

Albania’s coastline Photo: UNDP Albania
About half the plastic we use eventually finds its way to the ocean. Photo: NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Program
  1. Use an eco-friendly bamboo toothbrush with natural bristles.
A marine biologist measures a bleached coral. Photo: iStock/RainervonBrandis
500 billion plastic bags are used each year, according to the UN Environment Programme. Photo: iStock/MikaelEriksson
Photo: Garth Cripps/Blue Ventures/UNDP Equator Initiative
  • Think about the people in your community. Identify one priority that matters.
  • Define their behaviours. What are easy steps that can fit into their budget, lifestyles, daily routines and schedules?
  • Have a discussion on solutions from the community for the problem. Work together to define and envision success. Reach agreement by identifying solutions that will work in the interest of your stakeholders (community, businesses and local officials).
  • Form a pact with your community through an action plan that’s short and easy to understand, free of jargon, user-friendly, affordable and realistic for local officials, businesses and community members to test out.
  • Be sure to add a section with the proposed resources you’ll need such as the number of people and steps for getting volunteers and supplies through donations or funding as part of your budget.
  • Always set a realistic timeframe and offer a short summary of successful results.




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