Love your Mother, Mother Earth that is. Love your Mother will be ongoing posts about our environment and what we can do to protect her. This post is about the man made devil, plastic. We use plastic for just about everything and it is killing us and the planet. We need to be smarter in our choices of how we do things, myself included. The choices we make in our everyday lives can have long-lasting impacts on the environment.
50% of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away.
Americans throw away 35 billion plastic water bottles each year (Source:Brita)
Plastic constitutes approximately 90% of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile.
One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.
Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form (with the exception of the small amount that has been incinerated).
Disturbing to say the least and I only mentioned some of them. What really makes me crazy is the people who don’t care, they say it’s not their problem. It is their problem; it’s everyone’s problem. A woman at work noticed that I bring in silverware from home to eat my lunch and asked why. I told her that I don’t like to use plastic, it’s bad for the environment. Her response “Oh! You’re one of those!”, she laughed and walked away. I wanted to scream. So, the best I can do is try to educate people and help them to realize the dangers of plastic. And I do practice what I preach and try to use as little plastic as possible.
Here are a few simple things that everyone can do to help reduce the use of plastics:
Use reusable shopping bags; not just for the supermarket but for all of your shopping.
Replace plastic coffee stirrers with wood.
Stop using straws.
Use wax paper instead of plastic wrap.
Use a reusable water bottle instead of buying plastic water bottles. (If you don’t like your tap water install a water purifier)
If you bring your lunch to work, bring silverware from home instead of using plastic utensils.
At your next party use paper plates and cups instead of plastic and if you do use Solo cups, please note that they can be recycled.
And of course, recycle!
* Plastic Facts Source:EcoWatch