I write many blogs about the environment and how we must all do our part to slow climate change and to protect our natural resources. This page will be a page for sharing ideas, inventions and discoveries. I hope it engenders a real conversation about what individuals can do in big and little ways.
Plastic – part 3
In a recent post, I asked people to send me suggestions on easy way to use less plastic in the kitchen.
Here are the suggestions I received:
1. Buy only fresh produce that is not packaged at all.
2. Use wax paper.
3. If you have to use plastic, use the smallest size bag or segment that you can.
4. Never buy bottled water.
The one about bottled water was submitted multiple times.
So, how about you? How have you cut down on the use of plastic in your kitchen?
Loving, protecting and living on the earth
Another post about plastic, but this one is good news! This will be very short.
Please, check out the Plastic Bank – Harvesting Plastic Waste to Reduce Poverty. The website is plasticbank.org
What a brilliant idea they have! I don’t know these people, but I am pretty sure I love them:
David Katz is the founder and President of The Plastic Bank. According to the website, David’s dream was to bring hope to and liberate the minds of the world’s most disadvantaged and to rid the world of ocean plastic. His inspiration came from his travels, seeing beaches with more plastic than sand and people living in extreme poverty withouthope. David realized that, not only do the people of the world need hope, but also that the world itself is also struggling. I realize this too.
Shaun Frankson is a social entrepreneur. He wants to change the world. So do I.
Andrew Almack believes in the power of social entrepreneurship to change human behavior. I believe in the power of ideas to change human behavior.
Sarah Ross is dedicated to making the world a better place for her children and her children’s children. So am I.
Please go to their website and read about this revolutionary idea. If it makes sense to you, the way it does to me, please sign their petition asking companies to use social plastic in order to improve lives while reducing plastic waste.
If you know of any other innovative businesses that are trying to solve environmental problems and improve lives, please leave a comment.
I want to introduce my readers to all of them, because I know that if we all work together we can protect the environment and improve the lives of those living in dire circumstances.
With open minds and optimistic hearts we can make a difference. That is why WE are here NOW.
The bad news about plastic
Here’s a question to start us off. Plastic is so much a part of our lives. It seems to be a part of almost everything we buy – on the packaging, if not in the product itself. So much of what we use in our homes is plastic, and to make matters worse, so much of it is one use plastic- cellophane wraps, plastic bags, plastic sandwich and freezer bags.
Question: What are the ways you reduce the use of plastic in your life? Let’s see how many ideas we can get.
Here is one thing I do. It doesn’t sound like much, but after years of using plastic without even thinking about it, it was a big change for me. Now I hardly ever wrap anything in any kind of plastic for storage. Instead, I use glass containers for leftovers.
A simple easy change at the grocery store – I don’t put my produce in plastic bags when I buy it. Why put apples, lettuce, tomatoes, etc in a plastic bag in your grocery cart just to put it in another bag to carry it home? My produce always arrives home just fine even though it is packed loose in my reusable grocery bags. (I have quite a variety of bags that I use for toting groceries. I think I got them all free and I just keep accumulating them. )I realize that for much of the world using reusable bags is the most common practice imaginable, but for many of us here in the U.S., it is something we actually had to “learn” to do. The same goes for not wrapping things in plastic…a learning curve for us here in the U.S.
Please add some suggestions for reducing or eliminating your use of plastic in your home. The more ideas we share, no matter how simple, the more we help people like ourselves make simple changes, and if enough us make simple changes it adds up to a big change. Even it you think it is something everyone already does, put it in a comment anyway. You never know what an impact your one idea may have.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions!