Plastic Pollution 101: What it is & Why It’s a Big Problem
Fact: 91% of plastic is never recycled or repurposed.
Why is that a problem for me, you ask?
Because almost all of that unrecycled plastic ends up in our oceans.
From there it shows up in our drinking water, the soil that grows our food, and eventually our bodies (Luca's swimming with the grocery bags, these days).
And we probably don’t need to tell you that consuming plastic - any kind of plastic - is terrible for your health.
We don’t mean to sound all doom and gloom, but if we don’t do something to lower our plastic consumption now, by 2050, we’ll have more plastic in our oceans than fish.
Fortunately, there are things that you (yes, you personally), can do to reduce the amount of plastic in the ocean, and therefore reduce the amount of plastic that ends up on your plate.
And you can start taking those steps today.
- Tiny Plastic, Big Problem
- 12 Easy Swaps for a Plastic-Free Home
- Creating the Plastic-Free Kitchen of Your Dreams
1) Tiny Plastic, Big Problem
Using a plastic grocery bag every once in a blue moon doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, right? It’s just one grocery bag.
Not so fast.
That grocery bag isn’t biodegradable so it won’t decompose after you put it in the garbage bin (most recycling facilities won’t accept plastic grocery bags).
Instead, it will get broken down into smaller pieces called “microplastics” that show up everywhere.
Your single-use plastic grocery bag will end up in the soil, our oceans, rivers, and lakes, and eventually in our food, drinking water, and immune systems.
One small grocery bag has all the sudden become a vast global pandemic.
It truly makes a difference.
2) 12 Easy Swaps for a Plastic-Free Home
Living a life without plastic probably seems impossible.
Plastic is everywhere.
Sitting on your bathroom sink in the form of a tube of toothpaste.
Storing your leftovers from takeout night three weeks ago at the back of your fridge.
In your water bottle that you take to the gym every day.
Getting rid of all of it can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. The important thing to remember is that it doesn’t have to be done all at once.
Slowly removing the plastic from your life is a much better strategy than trying to do it all in one weekend and freaking out when you have no way to clean your toilet because you threw out the plastic brush.
Take it one step at a time and be kind to yourself. The plastics industry has worked hard to infiltrate every single area of our lives, so it’s not your fault that there’s so much of it in your home.
Not sure where to begin your plastic free journey? Here are 12 of our favorite swaps for a plastic-free home.
3) Creating the Plastic-Free Kitchen of Your Dreams
There is more plastic in your kitchen than in any other room in your home, and we don’t even have to visit your kitchen to know that.
Food packaging, food storage containers, water filters, appliances, cooking utensils: most kitchens are all plastic, all the time. But it doesn’t need to be like that.
By making simple swaps like using linen bowl covers instead of cling wrap, buying loose vegetables instead of putting them in plastic baggies, and using metal straws instead of plastic can significantly reduce the amount of plastic in your kitchen.
Plastic pollution is a problem that affects all of us every single day.
It might feel like a problem that’s too big for one person to tackle, but even small steps - like switching from single-use plastic grocery bags to reusable canvas bags - can have a massive impact on our planet.
Plastic pollution is something that we started together and now we need to work together to end it.