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When you stop and think about it, we all must know by now that plastic is taking over our lives and destroying our planet. It is everywhere. Insidious is the word that describes it best and it seems that we cannot do much of anything that does not involve single-use plastic trash.

My mini trash bin no longer gets filled with trash every week, but when I put it out on the curb every couple of months, it is mostly filled with plastic that cannot be recycled or composted. I cannot get away from plastic.

All meat comes in plastic, but I only buy toilet paper that is wrapped in paper. Many food items come in plastic bags, but I generally shop in bulk and use glass jars or cloth bags. There are times I have to use plastic bags, but I wash and reuse them over and over until they develop holes, then they go into a bin that accepts them to make into decking materials. It is still a plastic product, but it is not languishing across our lands or fouling our seas. I never use plastic straws.

This has become an obsession for me. I can’t do much to change the world, but I am attempting to change my own plastic footprint.

A couple of years ago, I became disturbed about a little pill I have to take every single day for the rest of my life. The 30 little pills came in a plastic pill bottle that could hold a year’s supply, but I got a new pill bottle every month.

I decided to become a nuisance.

Every month, instead of calling in my prescription, I stopped by the pharmacy and cheerfully asked if they would put the new pills into my old bottle. The answer was always, “No, we can’t do that.”

This went on for quite sometime until, one day, they took my little bottle to refill the prescription. I never expected it would happen and I am sure they thought I was over-reacting when I heard the news. I assure you, it was just a little frolic.

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For about a year now, I have been able to have two standing prescriptions put into the pill bottles I bring in each month. And, lately, each of my two bottles has received little blue stickers on the lids saying, “Re-use bottle”.

Even more surprising, there is now a sign telling customers they can reuse their bottles for standing prescriptions.

Woo hoo!

I know ... my little bottle saves me throwing away 11 pill bottles a year. Not much when you think about it. But, look at the potential. It just takes two of us and it becomes 22 bottles ... and so on and on and on.

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Dianne Roth is a mother, grandmother, teacher, and freelance writer. She can be reached at: