Always refuse that straw, say no to the plastic utensils and avoid plastic cups! There are many alternatives, bamboo, silicone, glass and stainless steel straws, utensils and water bottles! Keep them with you in your bag, car etc.
There are a variety of products on the market such as bees wax sheets, silicone bags, cups and straws, glass containers with lids, stainless steel containers with lids, paper sandwich baggies and more! The microwave is convenient, but heating food in plastic is especially toxic. Seek out sustainable storage!
Always bring reusable bags with you when you are out shopping. Canvas or cotton bags work great and are washable.
Avoid plastic textiles whenever possible as they shed microplastics into our water systems. Materials such as polyester, rayon, spandex, etc may look nice but they are detrimental to humans, animals and our environment alike!
Instead of shampoo bottles, try a shampoo bar! Instead of plastic toothbrushes try a bamboo one. Instead of regular dental floss buy silk floss in a little glass jar! There are toothpaste tabs instead of buying a plastic tube. Do a little research and you will find alternatives to plastic.
Always opt for a reusable bottle! Plastic beverage bottles are purchased by the billions each year in the US alone. Very few make it to the recycling process. Single use plastic is the most detrimental type of plastic. We use if for a few moments and discard it!