Environment & Science

My family tried to ditch single-use plastic. Here's how it went.

Bulk offerings at grocery stores can help reduce packaging.
Bulk offerings at grocery stores can help reduce packaging.
Jill Replogle

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My family made a New Year's resolution: no single-use plastic — at least for the month of January. The world's plastic waste problem is becoming increasingly obvious. Researchers say that in 30 years, the ocean could have more plastic than fish.

We wanted to see if we, as a family of four, could eliminate the plastic waste we've become accustomed to producing.