Living With Less Plastic (Opinion)

Tuesdays at 7:45am and 4:44pm (biweekly)
  • Hosted by Mary Liz Ingram

In response to the global waste crisis, Living With Less Plastic is a commentary (opinion piece) about how a choice to live without single-use plastic has transformed one family’s life, creating ripple effects of change and encouraging others to do the same.

Host Mary Liz Ingram breaks down what may seem like an overwhelming task into easy, step-by-step choices, inviting us to take a second look at our lifestyle habits and our culture of disposability. Sharing successes and failures, tips and advice, Mary Liz tells her family’s journey toward a more sustainable way of life, which in turn calls for more responsible, eco-friendly habits, products and packaging.  

Ingram is an artist, preschool director, and community organizer who seeks to encourage environmental awareness in all aspects of life. As a wife and mom of three kids, ranging in ages from 7 to 13, she explores plastic-free living in ways that are attainable no matter who you are, or how busy you may be. 

For more information about Mary Liz and her environmental initiatives, visit cleanupprojectusa.com or find her on Facebook @TheCleanUpProjectUSA.

Living with less plastic is a journey filled with ups and downs, but finding plastic-free alternatives that fit your lifestyle is an essential part of sustainable success. In this week's commentary, Mary Liz Ingram walks us through a reassessment of plastic-free choices... 

Compostable products are often substitutes for plastic items, but what are they made of? What do we do with them? In this week's Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram looks at the pros and cons of compostable utensils...   

In this week's Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram explores alternative ways to recycle after a visit to Montgomery's RePower South facility... 

Big events can create a lot of plastic waste. In this week's Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram outlines three reasons we often get trapped into choosing disposable items for large gatherings and what we can do to lessen our plastic footprint...

Living with Less Plastic often means choosing reusable items. In this week's commentary, Mary Liz Ingram shares 10 things she doesn't have to buy anymore, simplifying grocery shopping and the household budget, and reducing a lot of waste...  

In this week's Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram highlights market trends toward sustainable packaging in the search for plastic-free deodorant...     

Living with Less Plastic leads to more biodegradable alternatives and compostable packaging. In this week's commentary, Mary Liz Ingram explores the best way to dispose of this and other organic waste through composting...   

In this week's Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram explores the circular economy, a sustainable system aimed at reducing waste in the production and consumption of goods...     

Why can we only recycle certain types of plastics? In this week's Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram breaks down the how and why of recycling, and why using less plastic is a great solution to our waste crisis...

Using less plastic doesn't have to be intimidating. In this week's Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram shares that by taking things one step at a time when trying out new plastic-free products, living with less plastic can be done with ease and have a big impact on the environment... 

A large part of our waste crisis centers on the high cost of recycling and the mounting production of single-use plastic. In today's Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram talks about her and her friend's journey to create new programs and the steps needed to make them successful...

Cleaning products create a lot of plastic waste. In this week's Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram shares how to reduce your waste, save money, and keep things clean...

Mary Liz Ingram on Compromising with Plastic

Jan 12, 2021

In today's Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram explains that living with less plastic doesn't mean living without plastic, it means being flexible and compromising...   

Holiday gift-giving can create a lot of plastic waste. In this Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram offers 5 easy steps to cut down on the waste and still enjoy sharing gifts with family and friends... 

What are microplastics? Why do they matter and what can we do about them? In this week's Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram answers these questions and gives us another look at why we need to reduce our single-use plastic consumption... 

Does pandemic life have you piling up plastic bags? In this week's Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram offers 4 ways to help you cut down on that plastic waste and handle single-use plastic responsibly...    

In this week's Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram breaks down the cost of living plastic free... 

With the pandemic, restaurant take out has become the norm, leading to a lot more trash. In this week's Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram offers 3 steps to reduce your plastic take out waste... 

Recycling is important, but doing it the right way is even more important. In this week's Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram explores recycling contamination and how we can keep our recycling programs up and running... 

Reducing plastic waste is a process because plastic seems to be everywhere. In today's Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram walks us through the 7 types of plastic and explains what recycling symbols mean so we can better reduce, reuse, and recycle...       

Plastic utensils are everyday items that we often take for granted, but these small objects add up to a big pollution problem. 

In this week's Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram walks us through alternatives to all those plastic forks, spoons and knives...   

In this week's Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram explores ways to cut out plastic mouthwash bottles...   

Sometimes to live with less plastic, you have to get your hands dirty. In this week’s Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram shares some tips and ideas for growing your own food while creating less waste in the garden... 

In today’s Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram offers options for cutting out plastic bread bags by easily baking your own bread...  

In this week’s Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram addresses the excessive waste plastic straws create and offers tips on how to alleviate this problem...   

Edited by David Brackett

In today’s Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram fills us in on the several plastic-free hair care items you can incorporate into your everyday life...

Edited by David Brackett

Recycling is something everyone should practice, but many people aren’t aware when they’re recycling incorrectly. In this week’s Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram tours Birmingham Recycling & Recovery, and shares with us how to recycle plastic and aluminum properly...

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In this week’s Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz enlightens us on the different ways to take care of your oral hygiene without using a plastic toothbrush...  

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In this week's special Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz drops some expert tips for the holiday season that will help you and the family use as little plastic as possible...

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In today’s Living with Less Plastic commentary, Mary Liz Ingram goes grocery shopping, but with a twist. While Shopping, She shares some options of living green and looking for plasticless groceries...     

Edited by David Brackett

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