Tips and tricks to reduce your consumption of plastics

Last updated March 17, 2023
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Distribution of many single-use plastic items is now prohibited in Montréal businesses and restaurants. Here are a few simple things you can make part of your daily routine to avoid being caught unprepared when out shopping.

At home 

Optimize your storage by placing reusable replacement products within easy reach:

  • Once your mug is washed, put it near your front door
  • Hang your reusable bags near your key rack or wherever you drop your keys.

On the road 

In your car, in your backpack or at the office, remember to always have with you:

  • Water bottle
  • Coffee mug
  • Utensils
  • Container with lid
  • Reusable bags.

At the grocery store

  • Use small reusable bags for fruits and vegetables or for food sold in bulk
  • Bring reusable containers for sliced cheese and cold cuts to the counter (check with your grocer)
  • Look for products with less packaging or sold in bulk, for example, shampoo and soap bars.

In a restaurant or coffee shop

  • If you haven’t finished your plate, take your leftovers home in your own container 
  • For take-out, check to see if the establishment offers a returnable container system, or suggest one.

Tips for choosing your reusable items

  • Use utensils, coffee cups, containers with lids and so on, that you already have at home
  • Use a locally-made bag because its production will not have generated a large amount of GHGs
  • Choose a bag made from a single natural material, such as linen or hemp, to enable its recycling at the end of its life
  • Refuse single-use bags, such as paper ones, to avoid waste production
  • Opt for foldable reusable bags that fit into a pocket, purse or backpack so you always have one on hand.

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