Check out this video by the students at Santa Monica high school. The students who produced this video have since graduated, but their message is still very important.
Plastic pollution is a greater problem than any other type of pollution, even if your storm drain don’t run to the ocean. Plastic takes decades to breakdown. Those water bottles you see at the side of most roadways would be there when you die if no one picked them up. Even so, unless the litter pickers turn in their collected waste to a recycle center, the plastic waste is going to be sticking around for decades. Whereas paper can breakdown within days. Some paper, like the filters I use for my coffee, can biodegrade in a home compost bin.
If you watched through to the end of the video, you saw simple ways the high school students were planning to reduce their own plastic waste. If you’d like more ideas, check out this article on Mother Nature Network.
As you saw from my previous posts, I am reducing plastic waste by not bringing it home in the form of plastic shopping bags. But I want to do more. Currently, I’m still using the plastic bags provided for produce, even though I really hate those things. I can never get them open! So I think another change that I will be motivated to make is to bring my own bags for produce. I bought a few several years ago to use at home. So it will be a natural extension to include them with the bags I keep in my trunk.
Before I continue, I want to make one thing clear. I am not here to sell anything. I will not provide links to Amazon. WordPress may make some money off of my blog, but I will not. That’s not my purpose. The main purpose I have for this blog is to make myself accountable. I want to make some changes and having these words out there will make it more likely that I will follow through. A secondary purpose is to provide this information for others who may want to make similar changes.
It is important to me that you know the following is not meant as an advertisement. I have stumbled upon the following products recently. I had no idea they existed. I am expecting they will help me make some positive changes, so I am sharing them with you in case you could use the same support.
These are the type of reusable produce bags I have, though I know I spent way too much on them when I bought them a few years ago. I was sold on them only because I thought they would keep produce longer in my refrigerator. They may do that, to some degree, because they allow the produce to breath. Doing a search for “reusable produce bag” will bring up a multitude of these bags.
I have been intrigued by waxed cotton to use to wrap up leftovers or use in any way you would use plastic wrap. I just found a similar product at Trader Joe’s for a much cheaper price than anything I could buy online. I think they had reusable produce bags, too. So they may be the best local source in my area for much of the products I’ll be switching to. While searching for an image to include here, so you knew what I was talking about, I found out that I could have made my own. Check out this DIY Alternative. This is what I’ll be doing when I need more. In the meantime, I’ll watch for cheap cotton remnants
I use plastic bags quite often. I hate trying to clean them to reuse because I can never seem to get them dry. I just imagine them growing tiny mold spores. Silicon bags to the rescue! I have seen these small bags in the store, but I recently saw 30- and 50-ounce bags online. I use the larger variety more to store food in the freezer and these are sturdy enough to go in the dishwasher.