What are single-use items?
Single-use items or disposable items are products and packaging that we throw out after only one use. These items are used for only minutes but their impact on our environment can last thousands of years.
Even when these items are recyclable, we use up energy and our environment’s natural resources to produce these easily-avoidable items.
What’s better than reusing or recycling an item? Avoiding it in the first place.
Ask yourself, do you really need it? And if the answer is no, then avoid it.
The good news is there are many sustainable alternatives to single-use items. Switching to sustainable items can make a big difference for the environment.
The following pages provide guidance on the why and how to avoid some of the most common single-use items.