Do you ever notice the pile of trash that is left over when you're done with your take-out meal? Our "throw-away" lifestyle creates tons of waste from single-use products that we use for just a few minutes. The lifecycle environmental impacts on the planet from all this single-use stuff are enormous.
For example: the average useful life of a "to-go" paper coffee cup, with the lid, the sleeve, the stir stick, and even the tray to hold it is 12 minutes! American consumers use 130 billion paper cups per year for coffee. That disposable coffee cup habit uses 27 billion gallons of water, consumes 25 million trees, and generates 31 billion pounds of CO2.
There is something you can do about it: Pledge to reduce your reliance on single-use disposable products and packaging.
There are so many things you can do to reduce your disposables footprint. These are our Top 10 actions for how to ReThink Disposable. Make a pledge below to continue doing the ones you already do, and choose the new actions you are willing to commit to.