Single use steps

Let’s stop with the single use plastic. It’s my least favorite kind. I realize that some people just don’t realize how harmful it actually is to our Mother Earth. I recently said, “No plastic please” to that the girl replied, “Why not plastic?” I guess it’s not her fault, she doesn’t know.

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Single use plastic is harmful. Over 60 countries have introduced single use plastic bans. According to The Plastic Free Challenge petroleum based plastic is not biodegradable and usually goes into a landfill where it is buried or it gets into the water and finds it’s way into the ocean. Although plastic will not biodegrade (decompose into natural substance like soil,) it will degrade (break down) into tiny particles after many years. In the process of breaking down, it releases toxic chemicals (additives that were used to shape and harden the plastic) which make their way into our food and water supply. These toxic chemicals are now being found in our bloodstream. And the latest research has linked them to cancer, infertility, birth defects, impaired immunity and many other ailments.

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Additionally there are a limited number of items that recycled plastic can be used. We produce hundreds of millions of tons of plastic every year, most of which cannot be recycled. Although your plastic bottle might have the recycle symbol on it, it’s simply not true.

I’m glad Starbucks got rid of straws, but it’s not enough. The lid that is replacing the straws is also made of plastic, but its polypropylene content can be widely recycled. It’s not good enough, it’s still plastic.

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Many places are banning plastic straws, it isn’t enough but then again… what if everyone banned some form of plastic in their own lives? It doesn’t have to be a straw. Maybe you don’t suck. Find something else to ban (and please share, we could use all the help we can get). Together we can end this pollution. We can control what we use, what we buy, and our mindset.
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One step I take to stay plastic free on the go is by bringing my own utensils with me. Everywhere I go.

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Recently I went to Zupas for lunch. Real plates served with plastic utensils. Ugh. Thankfully, I had my own fork with me. Otherwise I would have eaten with my hands?

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What’s kind of bag of tricks do you have?

I still struggle with…

  • Being judgmental towards people who continue to use single use plastic
  • School supplies (I’m a teacher.. help!)
  • Good deodorant

“At its core, the issue of a clean environment is a matter of public health.”
– Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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