Disposable products litter our planet by the trillions. Their unnecessary use causes a host of problems, ranging from resource depletion to species endangerment to floating masses of trash in the ocean. Thankfully, the reusable movement is thriving in countries around the world. People like you are incorporating reusables into everyday life, and in doing so, helping to transform a culture of disposability into one defined by wiser, more mindful consumption.
Map of Reusability
See which countries and cities are working to shift the disposable paradigm and encourage the widespread use of reusable products.
Facts about Disposable Products
• Over 1 trillion plastic bags are used every year worldwide. In a large country like China (population 1.3 billion), 3 billion plastic bags are consumed daily. Reuseit.com
• The U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually at an estimated cost to retailers of $4 billion. The Wall Street Journal
•Ten percent of the plastic produced every year worldwide, winds up in the ocean. Every square mile of the ocean has about 46,000 pieces of floating plastic in it. United Nations Environmental Programme
• Plastic bags are the second most common type of polluted debris found in the ocean. (Cigarette butts are the most common.) Ocean Conservancy
• Plastic pieces outweigh surface zooplankton in the Central North Pacific ocean region by a factor of 6-1. Algalita Marine Research Foundation
• Plastic cutlery is non-biodegradable, can leach toxic chemicals when handled improperly, and is widely used. It’s estimated that 40 billion plastic utensils are used every year in just the United States. World Centric
Reusable > Disposable
Here is a list of reusable replacements for the most common disposable items.
Reusable Water Bottles replace Plastic Water Bottles
Reusable Mugs replace Paper To-Go Cups
Reusable Towels replace Paper Towels
Reusable Sandwich Bags replace single-use lunch Bags
Reusable Cutlery replaces plastic forks, knives and spoons
Glass Straws replace plastic straws