Plastic has become a big part of our daily lives. It is everywhere and used for everything. As much as the idea of recycling plastic seems good and a reason to continue to use plastic, it really isn’t. Plastic takes more energy to recycle than paper, metal, or glass and is also a very toxic process.
Although some plastics can be recycled, it can never be broken down or ever go away. There is no away for plastic!
I’ve been thinking a lot about all of the ways plastic is currently in my daily life and I am not proud of it. I’ve also been thinking of ways to create a plastic free lifestyle or to at least have as little plastic in my life as possible. Of course using a reusable shopping bag and buying organic and local groceries in as little packaging as possible makes a big difference. Yet there is still a greater effort needed on all of our parts.
Cosmetics, supplements, cleaning supplies, packaging, drink bottles, storage containers, and even the bread I buy is packaged in plastic.
Plastics also contain toxic petrochemicals that leach into our food, drinks, and the environment during its seemingly endless lifespan. Although I am vegan, I refuse to buy PVC ( polyvinyl chloride) fashion because it releases toxic phthalates. I talk more about that here. I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to integrate into a plastic free lifestyle, but minimizing plastic consumption is a good start. I believe that being aware is the beginning of change. I plan to do some research as usual and share what I learn.
For starters avoiding single use plastics such as shopping and produce bags, take-out containers, and water bottles and using alternatives are extremely helpful. Here is a short video about plastic pollution. Just take a moment to watch it and share your perspective. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
What do you think about plastic pollution?
(Image by Dawn Michelle/Video by Plastic Oceans)