On March 16, 2018, the Business Insider wrote an article, Bottled water from major brands like Aquafina, Nestle, and Dasani contains tiny plastic particles — here’s what that does to your body.
About halfway through the article… “The World Health Organization says there’s no clear evidence yet that microplastics are bad for us.”
REALLY? I don’t have a science degree and am not a doctor, but how can plastic particles be okay to ingest? And, what does it mean – no clear evidence? Sounds a little link the tobacco industry’s claim about smoking – no clear evidence it causes cancer.
As I started to look around the house and observe my habits, I realized I use and dispose of more plastic than I was aware of.
In support of my commitment to conscious living, I am going to live with less plastic!
What I am doing now:
- Carry reusable shopping bags
- Give up plastic bottled drinks
- Use filtered spring water for drinking and cooking – Cooper, too!
The next 3 things to do:
- Carry and use a stainless steel travel mug
- Carry and use reusable utensils
- Buy and use dishwasher detergent in a cardboard box
Check out the blog post – 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life
I am committed to a lifestyle changes resulting in living with less plastic.
- Buy less plastic
- Use less plastic
- Dispose of less plastic
Join me – Living with Less Plastic Challenge!
Did you know?
- 5 trillion plastic bags are produced yearly. Side by side, they can encircle the world 7 times.
- The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is a floating landfill of garbage in the Pacific twice the size of Texas, is mostly composed of plastic.
- In 2008, a sperm whale was found beached in California. It died due to the more than 22 kilos of plastic found in its stomach.
- Plastic will only start degrading after 700 years and will only fully degrade in 1000 years. This means that all the plastic that has ever been produced has not degraded yet.
- Plastic bags remain toxic even after it breaks down. It doesn’t biodegrade, it photo-degrades. It means that after it degrades, it breaks down into smaller and smaller toxic bits of itself – and bleeds and contaminates the environment.
- An average family will use 60 plastic bags on four visits to the supermarket.
- Only 1 to 3% of plastic bags are recycled worldwide.
- Plastic bags cause the death of many marine animals when they are mistaken for food.
- Plastic bags were introduced to supermarkets in 1977.
- In the North Pacific Ocean, there is 6x more plastic debris than plankton.
- Plastic bags are produced using petroleum, natural gas, and other chemicals. Its production is toxic to the environment.