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Why you should give a damn about using less plastic.
Let’s bust some plastic myths:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Most plastic (even when you “recycle” it), can’t actually be recycled. From 1950-2015 from all the plastic waste created, only 9% was actually able to be recycled.
- The plastic bags you use at the store? Not recyclable. Once you’ve used it for an average of 12 minutes, it will make it’s way to a landfill where it will take over 500 years to degrade into micro plastics.
- Dirty plastic can’t be recycled and can contaminate other recyclable plastics around it making them all unusable. Literally any food residue left on plastic makes it trash. K-cups, pizza boxes, coffee cups (which most can’t be recycled anyway- hi Starbucks cups), fruit containers, etc. If it’s not perfectly clean- it’s trash.
- We’re breathing, drinking & eating plastic every day. Consumer Report, reported that “each of us might ingest up to a credit card’s worth of plastic weekly through food and water.” Fun right? It’s in everything from tap water, beer, bottled water, the fish you eat, the ocean, etc.
- Most plastics are filled with BPA and other toxic chemicals posing a big threat to your health. “Thousands of chemicals, depending on the product, are used to make it harder, softer, or more flexible. These chemicals include bisphenols, such as bisphenol A (BPA), and phthalates, which can flow or leach into the foods touched by plastic, especially when that plastic is warmed”.
- Despite the harmful effects plastic has on our health and our planet, plastic production is on track to almost quadruple from it’s already yearly 400 million tons of new plastic.
- By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans.
Things you can do right now:
- Make a promise to yourself that you will work towards a more sustainable lifestyle.
- Make a conscious effort to reduce your plastic waste but swapping single used plastic products for reusable ones like shopping bags, water bottles, food containers, food utensils, straws, etc.
- Check out a few of my resources to help get you started like my earth day favorites round-up or 8 easy single-use plastic swaps you’ll actually like.
- Research non profits fighting plastic waste in your area like Surf Rider and donate your time or money to them.
- Support companies turning plastic waste into new products like Rothys & Vitamin A Swim.
- Support companies packaging their products in glass like Osea, Youth to the people and Clean Cult.
- Do a beach clean-up or donate your time to picking up waste. It really is eye opening when you’re picking up other people’s trash.
- Support local farmers markets, co ops, and anywhere that sells food without packaging.