I’d like us to be clear about WHY we avoid and re-use plastic; WHY we do our best to stop plastic pollution. The “why” motivates us to deepen our understanding, do what we can, and offer solutions to others.
First, here’s fortification. Feast your eyeballs.
Okay, feeling strong?
I want to share something ugly with you today. Hold your nose and jump in.
That’s the average amount of time a single-use plastic bag is used. It’s about the same for a single-use plastic bottle.The insanity of causing so much harm to gain those 12-minute conveniences boggles the mind.
Within this video several solutions are mentioned.
Sweden has recycling machines everywhere for bottles.
Kenya has completely outlawed plastic bags.
Finland pays for return of bottles. In 2016, 96% of cans and 92% of PET bottles were recycled.
What we can do until our government policies catch up to the challenge:
- Refuse throwaway plastics. That’s #1.
- Reduce use of any plastics.
- Reuse as much plastic as possible, what’s left in your life.
- Recycle is the last, least effective choice in the U.S.
Long term, we will need to stop using petroleum-based or other toxic plastics. (Bio-based versions are tricky, because many of them include harmful additives.) We in the U.S. started using plastics in the 1950’s and we can stop. We can use other materials.
Meantime, Wood Doing Good can help us all reduce waste and pollution.
Please spread the word about these tools for re-use.