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Planet CLE Plastic-Free July: How we can cut back on plastic usage

When individuals make the choice to reduce their plastic waste, it can collectively make a big difference and lead to cleaner streets as well as waterways.

CLEVELAND — Empty water bottles. Snack wrappers. Disposable cutlery and the clear wrap that it comes in. Every day we toss plastic in the trash and rarely think anything of it. 

As part of our ongoing Planet CLE initiative, this month WKYC Studios is highlighting a global campaign called "Plastic-Free July."

When individuals make the choice to reduce their plastic waste, it can collectively make a big difference and lead to cleaner streets as well as waterways.

According to the Alliance for the Great Lakes, 22 million pounds of plastic enter the Great Lakes every year and get broken down into microbeads which are harmful to the environment and even the health of humans. For Northeast Ohioans, reducing plastic usage is a must, in order to limit the amount of plastic that ends up in the Great Lakes, according to the Alliance.

During July, 3News will keep you informed about small changes you can make to reduce plastic waste. Here are some simple suggestions to get you started:

  • Skip the straw
  • Bring reusable bags to the grocery store
  • Bring your lunch in reusable containers
  • Opt for a reusable water bottle

Learn more about ways that you can keep plastic out of the Great Lakes by clicking here. During July, 3News will keep you informed about small changes you can make to cut back on plastic usage. Click here for more.

3News meteorologist Payton Domschke spoke to environmental podcaster Diane Bickett, who explained the urgent need to reduce plastic waste. You can watch that interview in the player below. 

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