As I walked down the beach recently, I picked up whatever trash had washed up on the shore and thought about the damage plastic is doing to our environment. I always find plastic, Styrofoam, delated balloons and ribbon littering the beach and other public places.
Do you know how many things in your life are made of plastic nowadays? Homes are wrapped in plastic siding. The new type of wooden decking, carpet, floor paneling, and paint now use plastic. Car manufacturers have replaced a lot of metal with plastic because it’s not as heavy. Almost every child’s toy is plastic. Many unnatural beauty products contain copolymer, not to mention the polypropylene micro-particles found in many scrubs. Even the clothing you wear is made of nylon, rayon, and polyester. When we wash these items, the micro-particles are rinse out of our washing machines through our sewer system and into our rivers, bays, and oceans, and end up in krill and fish. This means we’re even eatingplastic! 100% cotton is the solution, but doesn’t have the stretch and wrinkle free advantages. My solution is for washing machines to add a filter like the dryer has that need to be cleaned often. But they will not do it if we don’t demand it.
By supporting local beekeepers and using organic materials, Edye’s Naturals encourages people to lead more environmentally friendly lifestyles, but YOU can make an even bigger difference! Though it helps, being environmentally conscious goes beyond recycling in your homes. If each person took a minute each day to gather the trash they find and properly dispose of it, perhaps we could move toward a more sustainable world.
If you want to be more socially conscious about plastic here are four ways that you can help:
Don’t buy it
If an item is unnecessary don’t buy it. Also when you do shop remember your own bag.
Stop Chewing Gum
Gum was originally made from a natural rubber material from tree sap, but when scientists created synthetic rubber, polyethylene and polyvinyl acetate began to replace the natural rubber in most gum. So today you are not just chewing on plastic, but you may also be chewing on toxic plastic — polyvinyl acetate is manufactured using vinyl acetate, a chemical shown to cause tumors in lab rats.
Reuse glass containers
Instead of throwing away or recycling glass jars that your spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, salsa etc. come in, reuse the jars to store food or take them with you when you’re buying bulk foods.
Add More Glass Storage Containers to Your Kitchen
Instead of plastic containers to store you food consider adding more glassware to your cabinets. As long as you avoid glass with lead it is much safer to use glass containers leftovers or to use them to pack your lunch for work. Of course do not pack the kiddies lunch in glassware as that is another safety matter.
We hope this information encourages you to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
Source: Mother Nature Network Website