The Plastic Pollution Coalition is an excellent source of information, and a great advocate for the anti-plastic movement. In this introductory video, Jeff Bridges says one sentence that gets me every single time. "Plastic is a substance the Earth cannot digest, and every bit of plastic that has ever been created still exists." When I think about all the drinking straws I've used in my life. All the plastic grocery bags, ziplock bags, yogurt cups, CD Cases, Cd's, Cassette Tapes, my childhood toys, diapers, plastic trays from school, I can get really upset really fast. Now magnify that times every person on Earth, and I can't believe we haven't run out of room faster.
Okay, I understand why landfills were created. Originally, waste was just dumped anywhere, and it got to be a sanitary issue when cities became more dense and populated, especially since feces was included in the waste dumped in the streets. Alright, so we came up with this idea that if we take the garbage away, and bury it, then the Earth will digest it, and we will have a sanitary society. I'm skipping a lot of detail, but that's the gist. But back then, we were only producing items the Earth COULD digest. What about now? Also, what has the taking away of people's waste done psychologically to our society? Since we no longer have to deal with any of their own waste produced, it's very easy to immediately forget that there really is no "away". It's starting to make it's way back to us now, and we're paying for it.
Advances in chemical concoctions, for lack of a better phrase, have created polymers that the Earth can't deal with. In all her adaptive beauty, maybe at some point, some super bacteria or something will present itself as the plastic eating parasite. Then, per the usual, we will deploy an army of them to deal with it, at which point, I'm sure it will create another problem, like overpopulation of these super bugs, and who knows what else! Doesn't it feel like we always make messes, and then spend twice as much time cleaning it up with unexpected consequences? That's how I feel about plastic.
So, with that in mind, it would be awesome if you joined some of the PPC's programs and pledge to lessen your plastic use, try to get your town or school involved, and of course, purchase plastic-free alternatives from my shop! We've got new items coming all the time.
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