Our plastic planet…

star-stackerI have been on a “plastics kick” recently.  Not with overusing them or anything crazy like that, but just in the way that I’ve been thinking about them lately… a lot.

It’s a love/hate relationship.  They’re everywhere and they’re supposedly here to simplify and make products affordable.  They’re a part of our lives.  We can look in every corner of our homes and see unbelievable amounts of plastic. It’s inevitable.

But consider this…

  • Think about some of your favorite childhood toys… and all of the toys and trinkets you’ve ever purchased since childhood…
  • Think about every hairbrush, comb and toothbrush you’ve ever used…brushes
  • Think about the disposable serveware and utensils you purchased for a party you hosted or used at an event you attended…
  • Think about all the water bottles and beverages you bought while you ran errands…
  • Think about the thousands of plastic bags you’ve accepted…
  • Think about the buckets, containers, wastebaskets, pitchers, shower curtain liners and scrub brushes that you’ve throw away because they looked overused…
  • Think about the packaging of anything you have ever purchased…
  • Think about the electronics and appliances you’ve purchased and replaced for an upgrade…

Now think about this…

They STILL EXIST ON THE PLANET.  Every single piece of plastic ever manufactured is still here.  It has never gone away.

bucketThe idea of this is ovewhelming. I am clearly not without fault, because I’ve certainly used my fair share right along with you, but it is just astonishing to know that every plastic we have ever touched is STILL HERE… and they are polluting, poisoning and contaminating every landfill where they eventually come to rest.

It is simply inevitable that we will always use plastics, but every time I make a purchase I’m going to remember that statement and hopefully make better choices.

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4 thoughts on “Our plastic planet…

  1. Plastic bothers me in many ways. My big pet peeves are plastic cups, disposable plastic water bottles and plastic baggies. They are like bad habits to break for people. Why can’t we all just give them up?

  2. EcoLabel – we can’t seem to give them up for the sake of “convenience”, unfortunately. We’ve become a disposable society… but we need to get back to basics, don’t you agree!??

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