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5 Ways You’re Killing the Planet

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How eco-friendly are you? Research suggests that Americans haven’t been great at taking care of the planet. Despite only representing five percent of the world population, the U.S. generates more waste than any other country in the world.

Even if you think you've been eco-friendly and recycle religiously and carry your reusable bags everywhere, you aren't immune to hurting the environment.

Here's a look at five ways you could be killing the planet.

1. By using soap with microbeads

Soaps with microbeads are all the rage. Advertisers say these miniscule beads, which are often found in body wash and hand soaps, are meant to scrub away dead skin cells and leave your body feeling fresh and clean. Your body might feel clean, but your local lakes, streams and rivers pay the price.

Microbeads are the size of fish eggs. They're so small water filtration plants can't catch them, so they end up in waterways. Recent research shows 1.1 million microbeads in every square kilometer of water in Lake Ontario.

Some state lawmakers are working to ban microbeads, but for now, consumers can make a conscious choice to buy skin care product without microbeads.

2. Popping a K-Cup in Your Single Serve Coffee Maker

Are you one of the millions that pop a k-cup into your coffee maker every morning? If so, your k-cup dependency is hurting the environment. In 2015, one k-cup company, Keurig, sold more than nine million k-cups, and do you know how many were recycled? Zero. The cups are made out of several different kinds of materials, which means they aren't recyclable.

Keurig has just introduced new cups, which are recyclable, but they aren't compostable. In addition, recycling these new cups isn't that easy. Consumers have to peel off the foil top, rinse the cup and then toss it in their blue bin.

The time to ACT is NOW!

Sign the Petition

The technology exists to save tons of plastic waste each year by refilling household goods like laundry soap and shampoo. Sign our petition to let big retailers know that you want access to refill technology in your local stores.

3. Recycling pizza boxes

Every year, Americans buy three million pizzas. That's a lot of cheesy goodness, but it's also a lot of pizza boxes. Most people toss the box in the recycling bin, but a lot of pizza boxes aren't recyclable.

Yes, it's made of cardboard and cardboard is recyclable, but pizza boxes tend to get greasy and that contaminates the recycling process. Even the sheet of wax paper under a pizza isn't enough to keep the box grease free.

A greasy pizza box in your blue bin will likely be separated out at the recycling plant and end up at the landfill.

If your pizza box has a greasy bottom, rip it in half and recycle just the top non-greasy portion. If, by some chance, the bottom of your box is pristine you can recycle the whole thing.

4. Keeping the caps on water bottles

Are you tossing water bottles in your blue bin? Americans used 50 billion water bottles last year, but only recycled 23 percent of them. So, if you're recycling them, kudos.

But, are you leaving the cap on the bottle before recycling it? If so, you're not doing the planet a favor. The caps are made out of a different kind of plastic, and your local recycler might not accept it. To be sure, call your local recycler to find out, or start tossing the caps in the garbage.

If the caps go to a recycling plant that's not equipped to deal with them, it's likely the cap, and the water bottle it's attached to, will end up in the landfill.

5. Only recycling white paper

As a whole, Americans are pretty good at recycling paper. About 66 percent of paper consumed in the U.S. is recycled, but more can be done.

Some Americans believe only white paper can be recycled. It's a myth. You can recycle any kind of paper, except tissue paper, construction paper or colored cardstock. Everything else, like your magazines, newspapers, envelopes, junk mail, catalogs, and phone books, can all go in the blue bin.

What if recycling wasn't the only way to help the planet?

What if you could refill more bottles, like your detergent, hand soap or mouthwash? It's possible. Tell your retailers, #WeWantRefill, and make an effort to stop killing the planet today.

The time to ACT is NOW!

Sign the Petition

The technology exists to save tons of plastic waste each year by refilling household goods like laundry soap and shampoo. Sign our petition to let big retailers know that you want access to refill technology in your local stores.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT!

It's time to tell retailers and manufacturers that we want new technologies to replace plastic waste.

The government hasn't taken the steps necessary to ban plastic waste so it's up to us - the consumer - to petition retailers and manufactures for change.

The technologies exist to create refill stations at your local retail store so why you haven't seen them? Retailers and manufacturers are hesitant to install refill stations because it's a huge industry shift and, most importantly, they have no idea that consumers want it.

When it comes to change, consumers have to take charge. It's time for you to get involved and tell retailers and manufactueres that #WeWantRefill.

The #WeWantRefill movement is gaining momentum, but more must be done. To show retailers how serious you are about using refill technology, please take a minute to sign this petition to send a clear message to retailers that it's time to refill, not waste.

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