In our throwaway culture, the average American produces 4.4 lbs. of trash per day, almost twice the global average. We discard more than 30 million tons of plastic per year, only 8 percent of which is recycled. But even such “recycled” products are in fact merely down-cycled, meaning that they are re-purposed once and then wind up in a landfill, incinerator or the ocean.
In most groceries and eateries, single-use plastic packaging is the norm, not the exception. This plastic pollution affects our food—by contaminating our soils and the fish we eat—and it even pollutes the air we breathe and the water we drink.
Simply put, disposable plastic is unhealthy for our planet, our community and our bodies. Yet no store in Washington D.C. offers a complete range of food, household and personal care products for purchase without packaging or in redeemable containers.
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