Plastic is a Challenge, You Are the Solution
Unlike paper and other biodegradable materials, plastics are an environmental challenge. Recycling plastics is a critical component of the reduce-reuse-recycle dynamic that inevitably reduces pressure on the environment, particularly the approximately eight million tons of discarded plastic that are emptied into our oceans each year.
Whether it is bottles, chairs or sandwich bags, billions of pounds of plastic are swimming in about 40% of the world’s ocean surfaces. It has been estimated that about one million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from ocean plastics. An impressive 44% of all seabird species, 22% of all cetaceans and all sea turtles have been recognized as being contaminated with plastic either in or around their bodies.
An estimated 93% of American over the age of six test positive for the plastic chemical, BPA, which has been removed from many items including baby bottles. The reason for their removal is that they have been found to modify hormones and cause other adverse health effects.
Being a part of the solution is necessary not only to the health of mother earth, but also to our individual wellbeing. Moreover, it is simpler than you might think with taking just a few baby steps that can evolve into adult-size strides.
First, your friendly neighborhood coffee barista expects you to be kind in all respects – and your environment is no exception. Bring a to-go cup with you on your next visit to the local coffee or smoothie shop. You will reduce the need for plastic cups, lids and receive smiles and an extra boost from doing good and doing well.
Second, the digital age has been parked here for a while, eliminating the need for cds, dvds and jewel cases. Buying music and videos online reduces your footprint from large to skinny.
Third, pack up those lunches in reusable lunch boxes and use a thermos rather than sandwich bags and juice cartons. You will feel lighter all the way around.
Fourth, use your own shopping bags and reuse plastic bottles for water and soft drinks. You do not need to buy special store bags, as any bag of any kind of material will work – even if it is from another store. Decorate used plastic and glass bottles with sharpies or whatever your heart desires. Making it personal helps to keep it unique and desirable.
Fifth, support the plastic bag bans that have been initiated by many towns and cities and avoid using Styrofoam products whenever and wherever possible.
Opting for plastic-alternatives serves you, your family and the environment in more ways than you can count.
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With the advantage of having lots of experience in the Recycling Industry, Dustin shares his knowledge through his writing. You can find his thoughts at Weebly blog.
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