Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Common Denominator: Disposable Plastic

As we're still getting used to writing "2017" on our checks and correspondences, we probably still have strong memories of our holiday & New Year's parties.  Good times, good times!

In thinking about that, think about how many of the following you also saw (or used) at these during holiday festivities, along with your good buddies, pals, and family members:
  • Plastic water bottles
  • Grocery store baggies
  • Plastic forks & spoons
  • Zipper food storage bags 
  • Shrink wrap or plastic wrap
  • Plastic or styrofoam plates
  • Take out containers
  • Plastic cups and straws
  • Chip or pretzel bags
And let's not even mention the packaging of food, toys, and probably half the gifts under your tree or beside your menorah.

The common denominator in the list above is plastic. Most of it, merely single-use waste and destined for (hopefully) a recycling center, though probably a landfill (if not "escaping" out in nature, much to the chagrin of the wildlife that "welcomes" it).

As I've stated before, environmentally, plastic is NOT fantastic!  This video details it...sometimes in ways that are far from pretty.

With the new year upon us, maybe it's time to take notice and really reflect upon what we are doing...and what we can do to help!


2017 glasses image from my house, plastic cutlary image from http://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/how-you-can-stop-single-use-plastic-waste/comment-page-4/, Video from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViRLOpR7fgU

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