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Reducing plastic use: Have you tried it? What issues did you run into?




Jill Replogle collected her family's plastic trash during December so that she could compare it after a month of attempted plastic-free living
Jill Replogle collected her family's plastic trash during December so that she could compare it after a month of attempted plastic-free living
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KPCC reporter Jill Replogle’s family of four gave up single-use plastic for the month of January.

Why? Because 450 years-to-never is the estimated time it takes for some plastics to break down in the environment. And because scientists estimate more than 18 billion pounds of plastic winds up in the ocean every year.

Microplastics have been found in the air we breathe and the water we drink. It's been found in the stomachs of deep sea creatures, birds and turtles. It pollutes beaches and rivers and, well, just about every ecosystem on earth.

And while recycling is great, as plastic waste researcher Jenna Jambeck says, "The most sustainable thing you can do is not generate the trash in the first place."

So Jill tried going cold turkey on single-use plastic during the month of January.

Today, AirTalk host Larry Mantle sits down with Jill to talk to her about her experiment, the problems she ran into and the solutions she found. Plus, if you’ve ever tried going plastic free or to reduce your plastic use, how did it go? What issues did you run into? And what tips do you have?

To read more about Jill’s plastic-free January, click here.

Guest:

Jill Replogle, KPCC’s Orange County reporter, who tried to give up plastic for the month of January; she tweets @jillrep