- Plastic is a cancer on the environment and yet we just can't get enough of it. Just try to get through one day without plastic -- it's impossible. Your shampoo is in a plastic bottle. Your car has plastic all over the interior. Open your fridge door -- plastic. Turn on a light -- plastic. Brush your teeth, have safe sex, wear a Hawaiian shirt -- plastic, plastic and more plastic.
- The production of plastic is yet another way in which we're dependent on foreign oil, and oil drilling is hard on the environment. Plastic also clogs our landfills. It can take 200 to 400 years to degrade, and only 3% of plastic waste is currently recycled, partially due to the fact that facilities to recycle most types of plastic simply don't exist in most cities. Consumers have little choice but to throw their plastic waste in the trash.
- Plastic is believed to account for 90% of the trash in oceans, and it's been known to kill marine life. The UN Environment Program estimates that plastic debris causes the death of more than 1 million seabirds each year, along with 100,000 marine mammals. Entanglement or ingestion of plastics have been known to cause death or suffering to at least 267 different species including turtles, seabirds, seals, sea lions, whales and fish.
- One woman in the UK is attempting to go without plastic for the entire month of August, and will be documenting her journey on the BBC News website. Christine Jeavans has resolved not to purchase anything that contains plastic or is packaged in plastic, and in preparation for this, she has kept all of the plastic she used in the previous month -- totaling 603 items. Included in that total were 67 food packaging bags and films, 13 yogurt cups, 10 milk bottles and 120 disposable diapers. Once faced with all of this plastic, Chris was more resolved than ever to change her lifestyle. She'll be updating her blog with her progress throughout the month.
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It may be impossible, but let's all try to reduce our use of plastic for our health and the health of our environment. Live Light, xo-C.