Plastic Free

As consumers in our modern world, we may like the convenience that plastic offers, but it's important to know that 99% of plastic comes from fossil fuels, making its production one of the biggest contributors to the climate crisis. Single-use plastics like bottles, straws, bags, and utensils stick around long after you use them and break down into an unmanageable amount of microplastics. 

The average person ingests about a credit card's worth of plastic each week! Here are some other disturbing plastic facts:

  • Though we think of it as disposable, plastic takes centuries to break down. That iced coffee in a plastic cup that you had this morning, tossed, and already forgot about— sadly, it's going to be around for hundreds of years.
  • You say, “It's all good, I put it in the recycling bin,” but the unfortunate truth is that less than 30% of plastic is recyclable, and often only 1-3% is actually properly recycled. Most plastic products you see are made from virgin plastic, meaning produced as new, having never been used or processed before.
  • Many of us have heard the infamous expression that by 2050 the amount of plastic in the oceans will outweigh the fish. It's a fact.  Do you really want your plastic shampoo bottle to be floating out there alongside the dolphins?

Below are resources to help you learn more about the destructiveness of single-use plastic and how you can use less of it in your own life.


Support local zero-waste businesses

See our Green Living section for our tips on plastic free shopping.

  • Package Free in Williamsburg is committed to avoiding single-use plastic and disposable products to the best of their ability while offering everyday household and hygiene products. Package Free also has in-store bins for collecting customers non-recyclable items to be disposed of in a responsible manner - learn more about this program here.  
  • IXV Coffee in Boerum Hill is a zero waste coffee shop  where owner, Jenny Cooper, has a small rack of vintage clothing and a mission to change consumer habits.
  • Plaine Products offers shampoos, lotions and other personal care items shipped in containers that are reused. Customers ship back their old containers with a free prepaid shipping label to get refills. 350 Brooklyn receives 20% off.
  • Rain:Living in downtown Brooklyn offers many refillable options for personal care products.
  • Lovewild Design in Williamsburg sells personal care products and household products.
  • CupZero provides reusable cups if you’re planning a large gathering or event.


Tips for a plastic free living:

Once you start to consciously remove plastic from your life, you’ll start to notice it’s far-reaching presence everywhere - even in the cell phone in your hands! Swap to an eco-friendly cell phone case.


Here are some recipes to make your own products:


Helpful links to continue learning:


Great books to read:

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By 2050 the amount of plastic in the oceans will outweigh the fish