Reusable Replacements for an Active Lifestyle

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Staying fit and active amidst personal commitments and busy work schedules is a full-time job. But as you navigate your hectic routine, take a moment to assess all that trash you’re throwing out. The average American produces more than 1,600 pounds of waste per year, a large portion of which is made up of single-use products and packaging. To show you how easy it can be to kick disposables to the curb, Earth911 rounded up five common single-use products you use in your active life, along with clever (and reusable!) ways to replace them.


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1. Store-bought smoothies and protein shakes

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Smoothies and protein shakes are common go-to fuels for an active lifestyle, but purchasing your favorite sip from a juice bar can carry a hefty environmental footprint.

A takeout cup here and there may not seem like much, but between the cup itself, the straw and the leak-safe lid, you’re talking about a whole lot of plastic waste.

Still unconvinced? Consider the fact that Americans use 25,000,000,000 polystyrene cups each year and an estimated 500 million disposable straws every day.

Scroll through for a reusable solution that will help you get your smoothie fix without all the eco guilt.

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