So let’s get started weaning ourselves from unnecessary plastic.
FIRST: Honor plastic. Yeah it’s cheap and easy to buy, but come on. It’s made from plants and animals who lived a billion years ago. Bow down. It is a gift. Plastic protects medicines, provides lightweight materials for cars, computers, condoms, lawn chairs, coating for electric wires, pool balls, a lot of stuff we need and like. Worship it. Use it like gold or your favorite French perfume.
SECOND: Click this amazing photo series from Atlantic magazine to truly, deeply understand the impact of our thoughtless use of plastic.
THIRD: Yes, I already wrote about bags, but that was six years ago. It’s time to write about them again. Rinsed and cleaned produce bags deserve a spot on your clothes drying rack, right next to the lingerie.
FOURTH: How rad are your shopping bags? If you like your bags, you will use them. Make a fashion statement. Net bags do it for me, even though carrots fall out of them. Perfect strangers ask me about mine, and then we talk about how terrible it is to waste plastic.
FIFTH: Talk about plastic. Ask grocers and restaurateurs about it. Bond with friends who revere, cherish and hoard plastic. Complement other people on their reusable shopping bags. They will like you for it. Join the Million Women Fighting Climate Change. They have a sweet article about how to make your own shopping bags.
SIXTH: Keep reusable bags handy, in the car, bike bag, by the door. They are easy to forget.
If you forget though, it’s not like withdrawal from drugs. Treat yourself to some new plastic. Live it up.
SEVENTH: Next time you buy clothes, walk out of the store
with your new togs proudly displayed in your bare hands. You don’t need a bag! It’s amazing.
EIGHTH: Make your own stuff: cookies, bread, kefir, salad dressing, moisturizers (easy recipes coming soon).
NINTH: Stop buying plastic you don’t need. If it’s not in your home, you will not use it, probably won’t miss it and will surprise yourself with how many imaginative ways you can find to live without it. Try living without Saran wrap. Try not lining your trash cans. See how it goes.
TENTH: Stock up on reusable containers. I got a set of glass containers with tight fitting plastic lids from Costco about ten years ago, and use them all the time.
There you have it. We can turn this ship around.
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Coming soon: updates on cities, companies and countries eliminating plastic waste, great reusable storage, and recipes!