Humans use a lot of plastic. Single-use plastics typically end up in the oceans. According to Coastal Care, about 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year, which is the “equivalent to five grocery bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in the world”.
(See Great Pacific Garbage Patch). And this plastic is not decomposing. It’s slowly leaching everywhere: into the water, land, and air.
It’s imperative that we, as individuals, choose to use earth-based and recycled materials whenever possible. Quick ways to make a difference:
⦁ Wear only plant-based fabrics, and avoid wearing polyester & nylon (plastic).
⦁ Use a reusable water bottle and tea/coffee mug.
⦁ For grocery shopping, bring a backpack or canvas grocery bags, and muslin produce bags.
⦁ Look for compostable or reusable items whenever possible.
⦁ If necessary, choose recycled plastic over ‘virgin’ plastic.