EUGENE, Ore. -- Lane County is inviting residents to take a pledge and ditch disposables in their week-long social media campaign.
Every day, the Lane County Government Facebook page will post a tip that can help you cut back on disposable item use. If you're the first to comment on one of these posts the county will send you a reusable prize.
For example, here are some tips the county sent out:
• Bring your own grocery and produce bags to the store. Many are already in the habit of bringing reusable shopping bags to the store, but reusable produce bags are a great way to further eliminate plastic without compromising on convenience.
• Refuse plastic straws in advance. Dining out? Let your waiter know that you don't want a plastic straw. If you prefer to drink with a straw, consider carrying a reusable stainless steel version instead.
• Stick with reusable water bottles. With so many great reusable options, you can eliminate the need for plastic water bottles and show off your style!
• Use bamboo utensils instead of plastic throw-aways. Don't make plastic utensils part of your to-go order. Instead keep a set of reusable bamboo utensils in your desk drawer or vehicle.
• Toss those disposable tissues. Handkerchiefs offer a retro way to take care of sneezes and sniffles – and they can be washed and reused, unlike disposable facial tissues.
• Say goodbye to your stapler. A staple-less stapler allows you to reuse scrap paper to create notepads – a great option when you have paper that's only been printed on one side.
You can also visist the Lane County table at the Good Earth Home, Garden and Living Show to make a pledge and earn a prize.