I've been trying to actively avoid any purchases with excessive packaging. Or plastic as part of the packaging / actual product.

It's been difficult, but rewarding.

Recycling is only one aspect of a broader movement to change people's behaviour towards consumption. It's the third, and least important in terms of its ecological impact, instruction in "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle".

It should be viewed as an essential phase of the process to mitigate against the consumption which we have not yet found a sustainable way to remove from our eco-system.

Some ways I have tried are remarkably easy.

Thrift stores are a good option for finding everyday items and as long as you have the patience to sift through the random items that you find you will be fine.

I've asked for a ceramic mugs at coffee shops. The server often looks at me like I have two heads when I request it. Lo and behold, they're usually hiding behind the counter. I sit down for 15 minutes and mindfully enjoy the beverage I just purchased, instead of mindlessly chugging it from a take out cup while I'm driving.

The whole thing has been a chance to change, and it wasn't always easy, but it is fun and it has been rewarding.

The amount of waste that could be recycled but isn't in corporate world is staggering to say the least.