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M for MINIMUM USE of PLASTICS

IT’S POSSIBLE TO LIVE LIFE WITHOUT PLASTIC?

- The Perfect World Foundation Blog -
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Plastic is found in virtually everything these days. Your food and hygiene products are packaged in it. Your car, phone and computer are made from it. And you might even chew on it daily in the form of gum.

While most plastics are touted as recyclable, the reality is that they’re "downcycled." A plastic milk carton can never be recycled into another carton - it can be made into a lower-quality item like plastic lumber, which can’t be recycled.

How big is our plastic problem?

Of the 30 million tons of plastic waste generated for example, only 7 percent was recovered for recycling. So the rest plastic waste, ends up in landfills, beaches, rivers and oceans and contributes to such devastating problems as the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch.

(The Great Pacific Garbage Patch = has sometimes been described as a “trash island” but that’s a misconception, instead, it’s like a galaxy of garbage, populated by millions of smaller trash islands that may be hidden underwater or spread out over many miles. People still don’t know exactly how big the garbage patch is, despite the oft-cited claim that it’s as big as Texas).

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  • Luckily, there are simple steps you can take that will dramatically decrease the amount of plastic waste you generate.
  • About 1 million plastic bags are used every minute, and a single plastic bag can take 1,000 years to degrade. If you’re already bringing reusable bags to the grocery store, you’re on the right track, but if you’re still using plastic produce bags, it’s time to make a change.
  • Purchase some reusable produce bags and help keep even more plastic out of the landfill. However, avoid those bags made from nylon or polyester because they’re also made from plastic. Opt for cotton ones instead.

A big part of the solution is limiting the amount of plastic you bring into your home.

You can begin this forever changing lifestyle by focusing on eliminating one particular plastic from your life or try to stop using this type of plastic as much as possible. Then you can focus on other types of plastics later on. All you have to do is say “NO!” to just one plastic item everyday.

Plastic Free Lifestyle Steps:

  • Pick one of the types of plastic below that you want to eliminate from your life.
  • Pick a time frame to carry out this lifestyle. -Ex. One month, a year, etc.
  • Every time you go to a restaurant or you go shopping, eliminate this plastic item from your day-to-day life.
  • Spread what you are doing to other friends and family, and get them started on living a Plastic Free Lifestyle too. Once you got used to not having that particular plastic from your life, pick another one to start eliminating.
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