What's Your Plastic IQ?
Did you know that 50 percent of the plastic we use, we use only once and then throw away?
Or, that there is a “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”, which can be found off of the coast of California? It is a floating mass of plastic twice the size of Texas, with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life six to one [Eco Watch].
Check out Eco Watch for more disheartening facts about plastic pollution.
What doesn’t end up in the ocean is dumped into landfills. Millions of tons of plastics are added to landfills each year, where they take up space, are hazardous to the environment, and won’t decompose for hundreds of years, if at all. Even recycling options for plastics are unsatisfactory, and “much of the plastic collected for recycling is shipped to countries with lower environmental regulation” [World Watch].
Certain consumer trends, like single-use food pouches, add to the problem. Despite creative solutions like TerraCycle, only about 15% of the single-use food pouches are actually recycled [Pacific Standard Magazine].
There are some amazing people out there, who have figured out how to live a plastic-free life, but since we can’t all be super heroes, here are some tips for how to reduce waste when shopping and at home:
- shop for products made with recycled materials
- buy items with less packaging
- buy refillable, reusable containers
- bring reusable cloth or canvas bags to the grocery store.
- Buy only what you need or what you know you will use (applies to food as well)
- Buy in bulk if possible to reduce packaging
- Don’t throw away anything that can be reused or repaired
- Use materials that last (glass, ceramic, stainless steel, silicone)
- Use refillable, reusable containers
- Reuse plastic bags
And you know what’s great? Not only will you be reducing your carbon footprint – you will also get some cost-savings by paying attention to buying reusable and refillable items, not paying for single-use bags, etc…
Here’s your quick-guide for how to reduce your consumption of plastic, and live a better life.
There’s something else we’d like to mention – the chemicals in plastic. They are bad for the planet, and they are bad for us as well! Whether it is BPA, BPS, formaldehyde, PVC, or one of the countless others… they are all good reasons to avoid plastic as much as possible. Find alternatives whenever you can. You can start by choosing Kinderville®.