Try using bar soap! It doesn't contain microplastics, it's better for you skin and, instead of an empty plastic bottle that's difficult to recycle, you can easily recycle the cardboard box.
Bamboo utensils, toothbrushes, and other products are a great alternative to plastic because bamboo is very effective at sequestering greenhouse gases and needs to be trimmed regularly!
It's not always guaranteed that biodegradeable plastic bags will be degrade in a way that is safe for the environment. Unless you live near a facility that can process these special "plastics", stick to reusable bags!
Remember to use your reusable water bottles! Most of us have them, but it can be difficult to remember to bring them with you. Making a small change like this can help us ensure the health of our ocean and ecosystems.
At the start of a new school year, it can be tempting to buy all new school supplies, but the best way to limit the flow of plastic waste into the ocean is to reduce how much plastic we use. Try to reuse old materials or buy plastic free options, like classic (wooden) #2 pencils, or notebooks made with recycled materials.