Can we live a life that is plastic free? Once we become aware of the plastic crisis in our environment we suddenly become conscious of how much plastic actually invades every part of our lives. It is not just about plastic bags and water bottles any longer – Plastic Pollution is everywhere.
Living plastic free sounds daunting, maybe even impossible, but now that we are aware we can take great stride in reducing the plastic in our lives. Like any habit, taking small steps gets us that much closer to your goal. In this article are 100 Steps towards a Plastic Free Life. A hundred may sound like a lot, but it will make a big impact. On the Plastic Pollution Coalition website they not only give us steps, they also give us alternatives to use instead of plastic bags, straws, containers, and more. As with any big change, be strong, understand the sense of purpose and stay tough. It may not be entirely possible to go Plastic Free, but every small step is a giant leap to reducing the impact of plastic in our world.
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As consumers our only real awareness of plastic is the end-product. We are becoming more aware of the plastic trash crisis and how it’s infesting our oceans, our landfills, and more. But what about the making of plastic? The various stages of plastic pose a human health concern. It boggles the mind how much the plastic industry really affects our lives.
But it is not all doom and gloom. There is good coming out of the plastic issue – sparks of creative entrepreneurs who are thinking outside the box, innovative businesses springing up, and the viral growth of public awareness and consumer outcry. In Utah, Renewlogy, takes plastic and converts it into energy. Stores are opening in malls and popping up online geared towards a plastic-free living, such as, Life Without Plastic. Cities and states are banning straws and plastic bags, Washington State banned all plastic bags, starting in 2020. Even some of the largest Corporations are “testing” the market with “milkman” (refillable) type of products. The BE BAG is an company who is taking action and brings awareness to the use of plastic and promotes a zero waste lifestyle. You can learn more about which restaurants and retailers are making progress in the reduction of plastic and which corporations are the highest users.
We not only need to find environment-friendly ways to replace plastic, we need to be outside-the-box thinking in regards to how to dispose of the plastic invading our world. Recycling is not enough.
For now, take these four steps towards the reduction of plastics – REFUSE, REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE.
To learn more visit the website of the Plastic Pollution Coalition.