I am a rabid environmentalist and recycler but every day I seem to be involved with more and more plastic.
I try to recycle everything every bit of plastic I can but there are a couple of problems with that. First, not all plastic is recyclable and secondly, even recycling the plastic that can be recycled does not seem to be a great solution. Shipping plastic around, dumping it in overcrowded recycling centers far away, and then trying to reuse it in a worthwhile way don't seem to be working as well as we would like.
Preventing the use of plastic in the first place seems a better way to go.
A creative leader in this and other environmental issues is photographer Ben Von Wong. One my favorite campaigns of his is "Mermaids Hate Plastic." His behind the scenes efforts to use photography to motivate us to use less plastic are fascinating.
Encouraging folks to use less plastic is a great beginning and a worthwhile cause but difficult to practice.
So I was excited to read this article about replacing plastic in simple and environmentally friendly ways.
Luckily I live in a location where we are pretty much forced to use reusable grocery shopping bags unless we want to pay each time for a plastic one. I am happy to have and use them these reusable bags. We now have a collection and keep plenty in each vehicle to be handy.
Our town is also moving towards no more single use plastic straws, which I fully support. I use a stainless steel straw myself at home and I think there are ones out there with cases of some sort so you can bring them with you when you go out.
I am also curious about reusable produce bags since we seem to be always accumulating plastic ones when I shop for fruit and veggies. I am not sure if my local produce stand is set up to use the tare weight on the bags but I am willing to pay the extra I think. So those might be my next purchase and trial. Amazon has several options. I will post on here my thoughts after I try them. If anyone has tried some I would love to read about their thoughts.
I would love to read about other innovative ways to help the environment.