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Plastic Changes

April 22nd, 2009 at 08:25 am

Did you know today is Earth Day?

Have you noticed how much plastic there is in the world? Have you seen it lying on the roadside? I have and it disturbs me!

Plastic takes years...many many years to break down. Paper, cardboard and even metal break down faster than plastic! It's the disposable platic that bothers me the most. Use it one time and toss it in the trash where it goes away. Goes away to where? Where is away?

For a couple of months, I have been attempting to eliminate the amount of plastic I buy. My family is on board, but they don't like me to talk about it too much.

Here's what has changed:

1)Elminated most plastic garbage bags that come home. We still bring home 6-7 a month.

2)Buy honey in a glass jar.

3)Stopped buying pizza dough mix in a plastic pouch. I make my own...I use the dough setting on a bread maker.

4)Stopped buying plastic straws.

5)Switched to waxed paper bags for girls sandwhiches.

6)Refused the sandwich bag at Subway.

7)Stopped using lid and straw on take away drinks.

8) I only buy bar soap, particulary the bars not wrapped in any plastic.

I know there are a few more, but I can't think of them right now. I do have more work to do. I'd love to eliminate the bread bags, but I'm still working on my bread making techniques.

If you want to feel inspired to eliminate plastic or excess waste check out The Fake Plastic Fish blog here.

Do something nice for the earth today! If you want to share about it here, feel free.

6 Responses to “Plastic Changes ”

  1. littlemama Says:

    I was at a grocery store the other day and told the checker to not bag several items and to fit as much as she could into the bags I did need and she looked at me as if I was crazy.

    I do try to use my own bags (when I remember to take them in the store.)

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    littlemama, I was just talking to my neighbor about reusable bags at the stores. She said about a year ago she would get the same looks and also didn't always remember. Now, the looks have disappeared AND she remembers the bags almost 100% of the time. I keep my bags on the passenger side of my van. Once I unload, I take them right back out. Works for me!!

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    Great entry! It's something that's easy to forget, so the more that we talk about it, the more conscious our friends will be to avoid plastic as much as possible.

    Plastic produce bags are a big problem to me. We try to rinse out and reuse the ones we have, and we may try making out own out of mesh fabric. If it's bigger items that won't scatter all over, such as apples or tomatoes, I don't use a produce bag, just put them loose in the cart. Only a few things require produce bags: snow peas, Brussels sprouts, etc.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    ceejay, I avoid produce bags, too! Tomatoes, apples, and oranges get to float around. What I really think is unfortunate where I shop is that some produce is already wrapped in plastic! Ugh...like broccoli and even green onions. I grew my own green onions last year...so saved a few bags there.

  5. HelpMeFriend Says:

    Biggest source of tossed aside plastic is WATER BOTTLES. After that, it is laundry bottles, milk jugs, and then other drinks, such as pop two-liters. You can get environmentally friendly everything, but until you convince 100 people to stop drinking water in bottles and tossing them, it will make a tiny, tiny dent. After you are convinced, you move on to someone else. Your family is great, and I advise not harping on someone and making them feel bad or angry, since that usually moves them in a direction away from you. Use your honey.

  6. baselle Says:

    When we go to our Saturday breakfast place, we brave the funny looks that we get when we pull out a couple of plastic Ziploc boxes instead of asking for styrofoam boxes. And now the wait staff joke about it and think its a fine idea.

    A couple of years ago, we went to Paris. We really noticed that nothing was encased in that nasty, hard plastic. Batteries and electronics were packed in cardboard. Wish that would happen here.

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