Remember when we were all buying plastic bottles that were PBA free? We felt we were helping our bodies, helping the environment. We were proud. Alas it was short lived. As is needed, the environmental ante has been upped. Poor turtles with a straw in their nose got our attention, as did all the sea life with 6 pack beer rings around their neck. The ante continues and jury is out for how prepared I am.
I have taken the NoJulyPlastic challenge. 5 days remain to watch and consider where I need to cut more. It’s coming off a wonderful but plastic pathetic traveling weekend. At home we use a great deal of glass containers and wouldn’t consider tossing a can or jar into the trash. Maybe we are the only horrible people out there, but when we travel we are very irresponsible. It’s not that we couldn’t bring home our beer cans, or wine bottles but if a place doesn’t have recycling set up…it’s a gonner. Yes, I felt guilty about the plastic trash bag left in the hotel room with glass and cans, but yes I walked away from it.
We reuse most of our plastic….probably too many times and god only knows what we leach into our bodies from them. 30 years ago I washed my plastic baggies for reuse and hung them to dry on a wooden rack. I lost my way in laziness somewhere in cross country moves but we do reuse some.
If you look at the NoPlasticJuly calendar the 28th day seems particularly difficult for me to imagine ….no plastic tampons. One of my very conscientious nieces informed she uses a cup and feels it captures more… so yay my hero niece.
I do believe the youth are ready to save the world if a some old farts would just get the hell out of their way.
Watch for the next plastic dilemma post ….Who’s really to blame?
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