Plastic Free?

25 May

To close up our May focus on packaging we wanted to share a couple more stories with you… We hope these examples inspire you to lessen your dependence on single-use, plastic-packaged products too!

We came across this silly music video from a ‘Rethinking Plastics’ campaign by Green Sangha.

Silly it may be – but with all the messages in our day that tell us to value convenience, perhaps we need more of these types of songs stuck in our heads!  Check out their campaign to read more about the real costs of single-use plastic bags:

Consequences of Convenience

We’re addicted to plastic, especially plastic bags.
If you are like 95% of US shoppers, whenever you purchase anything, it ends up in a plastic bag.  In the grocery store, most of us put our vegetables and fruits as well as bulk items into single-use plastic produce bags, and all those bags end up in a single-use plastic check-out bag.

Shoppers worldwide are using 500 billion to one trillion single-use plastic bags per year.
This translates to about a million bags every minute across the globe, or 150 bags a year for every person on earth.  And the number is rising.

Those numbers are overwhelming – it may even seem like we shouldn’t bother trying to make changes on an individual level since the scale of plastic waste is so grand.  But meet Beth Terry – a resident from Oakland CA who has committed not to buy new plastic.

Do you think it’s possible to live life without plastic? Or to at least live with less of it?  Check out this list of plastic-free alternatives and see for yourself.

My name is Beth Terry, and I don’t buy new plastic. What does that mean? It means refusing foods in single-use packaging; finding plastic-free personal care products; looking for secondhand electronics and other durable products rather than buying new, or repairing the things I already have. And it means not eating food from plastic containers because of the toxic chemicals that can leach from them.

“Know that we have choices, that our personal actions do matter, we can all refuse single-use plastics…  We have the power to change the menu that’s been offered to us and we have the power to change the world.”

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