Time to ditch the plastic?
How do you feel when the cashier asks if you want “Paper or Plastic?”
The invention of plastic has undoubtedly changed the world; for better or worse? There is no definitive answer. The versatility of plastic to be molded into hard or soft containers, flexible wraps, and just about any shape imaginable makes it extremely useful. The lightweight nature of plastic has made a huge positive impact on the cost of shipping and transportation of goods. It’s really an important component in the worldwide economy.
However, we cannot deny the downside of using plastic. Harmful chemicals leach into our food system and persist in the body causing illness and disease, plastic waste pollutes the oceans and waterways which affects the quality of drinking water and has a negative impact on marine life, and some plastic may never biodegrade so every piece of plastic produced will stay on this Earth for generations.
Check out these interesting facts about plastic use from the Columbia Tribune:
- We produce 300 million tons of plastic, the weight equivalent of 50 million African elephants, each year!
- The amount of plastic we have thrown away is so large that there is a plastic garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean that is currently three times the size of France.
- Virtually all seabirds have plastic in their stomachs, and roughly 1 million sea creatures die from plastic each year.
I don’t want to bring too much hate on single-use plastic bags though because I know they can be useful and convenient. I do want to show that there are some great alternatives to single-use and persistent plastic in different areas of the home and also help you be more mindful of how much plastic gets thrown in the trash.
As you walk through the house over the next few days, start noticing where plastic is used and see if you can brainstorm some ideas to replace it.
We’re going to tackle water bottles, reusable containers for storing and re-heating food, single-use grocery bags, and single-use zip-top bags. If you have other items to add to this list, please leave a comment below!
I’m excited to share with you this week.
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