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Green Tips

The Dover Democrats post 'Green Tips' to encourage individual behavior change to reduce plastic use as part of an on-going educational effort. The 'Green Tips' are found on their website and on social media. Communities are welcome to share these 'Green Tips' through their local networks.

Washable Mesh Bags


Take reusable, washable mesh bags to the grocery store or farmers' market, rather than using the store's single-use plastic bags for fruits and vegetables.


You can take a UPC label off one piece of produce and put it on the bag's label to make it convenient for the checkout clerk. Bags come in a variety of sizes and materials.


Choose natural fabrics whenever possible. Bags are easily available in local grocery stores, health food stores, and online, or make your own from what you have around your home. Another easy way to reduce plastic pollution.

Traveling Place Setting

Wherever you go, it comes with you to eat in personal style and ecological awareness. Bring your utensils, napkin, cup, plate, and wrap it all up in a nifty fun package.

The utensils wrap up neatly into a handy package that can go into any small bag or into your backpack or car glove compartment.

It packs very small and can go anywhere you go. Save time, save energy, reduce plastic waste from single use utensils or cups. And do it all in style.

What’s not to love?


Replace Plastic Bottles

Find an alternative to single-use plastic water bottles and help save our planet, one bottle at a time. Trade single-use plastic bottles for a BPA-free, reusable bottle.

Humans buy about one million plastic bottles per minute and only about 20% are recycled. Most end up in our oceans, break down into microplastics that are consumed by fish, and enter our food chain.

Most bottled water is just tap water! The website Food and Water Watch has interesting information about the quality of bottled water:

“Bottled water generally is no cleaner, or safer, or healthier than tap water. In fact, the federal government requires far more rigorous and frequent safety testing and monitoring of municipal drinking water.”

Plus, bottled water removes resources from one community to ship water elsewhere, and is about 3,000% more expensive than tap water!

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