Think for a minute about the amount of plastic you use in a single day. How much of it is one time use and how much is reusable? Did you know that recycling plastic is actually more of “downcycling” it? No plastic can ever be remade into its exact replica again (as opposed to aluminum cans and glass bottles)- it will be cycled into a newer product of lesser quality and reduced functionality. Read: a single use beverage bottle when “recycled” will never actually become a beverage bottle again, but probably something like a plastic bag or plastic film instead.
While you think on that, here is a simple petition being sponsored to call for a corporation who stresses their value on sustainability and environmental impact. Even if you don’t frequent this company, think about how you may use the same products that are being called out in this petition.
I’ll leave you with a visual cue which reminds us what our dependency on plastics can do extreme harm. You don’t have to be near an ocean to keep this trash out of this bird’s stomach.
Photo credit: Plastic Pollution Coalition with a special message on the homepage from The Dude himself
I challenge you to evaluate your use of single-use plastics. Change what you can in your life to eliminate them all together. It all starts with a minute of your time.