4 ways to love our planet

small changes can make a big impact. there are lots of little things you can do every day to show mother earth some love. to get started, stasher invites you to follow the 4 rs: reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink.

 

1,000+
years for plastic to begin degrading
20m
plastic bags to landfill per year
10.5b
pounds of plastic generated annually

reduce

less really is more—especially when it comes to saving natural resources and protecting the environment. reducing waste means making thoughtful choices every day. the less you throw away, the better for everyone!

+ buy only what you truly need

+ choose sustainably produced products with minimal packaging

+ compost food and organic waste

+ repair instead of buying new

+ borrow infrequently used items

+ take mass transit, ride a bike or walk to work


reuse

do what you can not to throw things in the can! instead, reuse whatever you can; and if you can’t use it, maybe someone else can. not only will you save money, but you’ll be keeping perfectly useful items from going to landfill.

+ always buy reusable vs. disposable items (like stasher!)

+ BYOB: bring your own (reusable) bags when you shop

+ visit consignment shops, thrift stores and the library

+ donate used clothes, books and household items

+ organize a neighborhood garage sale


recycle

cans, bottles, paper, minerals, timber, electronics, and more can now be repurposed instead of going to landfill. recycling reduces waste, conserves resources, saves energy, helps prevent pollution and reduces greenhouse gases. recycling also creates jobs and saves money—it’s a win-win for everyone!

+ participate in curbside recycling programs

+ recycle large appliances and building supplies

+ check with your local waste management company to learn more about e-waste recycling programs in your area

+ buy products made with recycled materials


rethink

of all the 4 rs, this one might be the easiest. simply changing the way you think can make a big difference. learn to be more conscious about what you buy, and what you throw away. make thoughtful choices every day, and you’ll see how little things add up over time.

+ make smarter choices when you buy

+ reconsider what you throw away

+ share what you can: rides, stuff, food

+ get involved (volunteer for beach clean up days, create a community garden, organize a neighborhood garage sale)


"Think about it. Why would you make something that you're going to use for a few minutes out of a material that's basically going to last forever, and you're just going to throw it away. What's up with that?"
Jeb Berrier, BagIt Movie
“Manufacturers have long chosen plastic for their products on the basis of price and functionality., But creating a more sustainable relationship with plastics will require a new dexterity on our part. It will require us to think about the entire life cycle of the products we create and use.”
Susan Freinkel, Plastic: A Toxic Love Story
Plastic pollution is a massive and at the same time intensely personal environmental problem...we touch and see plastic every day of our lives. With every trip to the grocery store we can readily see our waste footprint grow. On the bright side, all of us can do something immediate and measurable to reduce it."
David de Rothschild, 'Plastiki'