When shopping for anything from food to cleaning items, think about the importance of size to the reduction of plastic use. The smaller the portion or volume, the greater the use of plastic in the big picture…and usually also the greater the cost. Granted, purchasing larger containers of everything requires storage space in your house, but that “Refill” bottle of soap, dishwashing liquid, or glass cleaner will mean you can refill the smaller bottle in your kitchen or bathroom indefinitely without having to recycle that too. Make sure the Refill bottle is marked Number 1 plastic, or PET/PETE, on the bottom, so you can recycle it when it is finally emptied. The market for such products is starting to respond to customer demands for non-plastic refillable containers, but until those are readily available the larger recyclable containers will at least save more use of plastic.


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