There are ways to de-plasticise your life for the sake of the environment but I honestly think that we shouldn’t banish plastics from our lives, even on a micro scale person to person.
Plastic bags, grocery and snack (ziploc) can be reused and the excess groceries (HDPE 2) can be recycled.
I replaced my sandwich bag with a tupperware tub so I don’t waste as many bags that way.
Number 1 and 2 plastics (PETE and HDPE) are both accepted here for recycling and I use some small containers for planting seedlings and attempting to grow plants. We still see alot of 5,6 and 7 plastics also.
6 & 7 are a problem and usually end up in the trash, but we recently discovered Preserve who accept number 5 plastic via the mail and manufacture marketable products from it.
That is a company that has their head screwed on tight; you don’t currently receive money for sending them your plastics, to them its a free raw material. They can make a profit from others green gestures, thats the way it should be, there is insentive in profit margins for green activity. Reduce Reuse Recycle.