Our mission over the past couple of years has meant finding out where we can locally recycle things, setting up a compost heap, feeding worms and creative reuse. As well as looking for alternatives to things that came in environmentally un-friendly packaging.
We haven’t chosen to give up plastic per se. As a family if we can buy something in a number 1 (PET), number 2 (HDPE), number 4 (LDPE) or number 5 (PP) then we’re happy enough as it means we can easily recycle it.
This isn’t the perfect answer of course. In my ‘perfect’ world I would give up these plastics too, as I am aware of some of the detrimental effects to both health and environment, but I just don’t feel that I can at this particular point in my life. In my ‘perfect’ world I wouldn’t use plastic at all but right now I’m not a purist and I don’t want to make our lives too restrictive by putting a ban on plastic.
We have reduced plastic use as much as we can by choosing alternatives, but we’ve found there isn’t an alternative for everything so we compromise.
However, there are many people in the blogosphere and beyond who have made it their mission to focus on plastic and are aiming to live without it.
I wanted to share the link love and talk about some of them today.
Plastic isn’t nice
The new kid on the plastic-blogging block is John from Lincolnshire UK. Together with his partner, they were inspired after watching a video clip which showed graphically the effects the stuff is having in our oceans and created Plastic isn’t nice. Their mission is to reduce their dependency on plastic and inspire others to do the same.
Taina from Vancouver, BC, began Plastic Manners at the beginning of this year. As an ocean lover, she became increasingly annoyed by her own lazy consumer habits because she knew deep down that plastics affect her health and the planet. Her mission is to raise awareness about the dangers of disposable plastics for humans, wildlife, and our environment.
The Plastic Diaries
Isabel, from Cornwall UK runs The plastic diaries, along with partner Bron. They started in 2009 after reading ‘The World Without Us’ by Alan Weisman. Isabel was shocked and disgusted after reading the chapter on plastic and realised just how harmful the extraction, processing and dumping of plastic was on the environment.
Leave only footprints
PolythenePam from Northern England has made it her goal to give up plastic, one month at a time with her “leave only footprints” blog. Her inspiration came from seeing plastic litter everywhere; disposable plastic carrier bags in trees, coke bottles washed up on the beach and crisp packets in the hedgerows.
Citizen Green from Indiana has been reducing plastic since June 2008 and was originally motivated to eliminate single-use plastics from her life by her son who worked for the Algalita Marine Research Foundation. In February, 2008, the crew of the research ship, Alguita, sailed across the Pacific, through the North Pacific gyre to sample the plastic debris in the seawater. Through this awareness, Citizen Green decided to become a more mindful consumer and has been blogging ever since.
Fake Plastic Fish
The most famous of them all (take a bow, sweet lady) is Beth from Oakland, CA over at Fake Plastic Fish. She has been blogging about reducing plastic since June 2007 after being inspired by Envirowoman’s blog “Living plastic free”. Like us, she was motivated after seeing some of the devastating effects plastic waste can have on marine life. Beth has 4 main goals including the education of others, which she does wonderfully through her regularly updated site.
Reduce plastic waste
Over in Malta, Martin from Reduce Plastic waste has made the conscious decision to reduce the amount of plastic he uses since May 2007. He charts his progress and shares his discoveries.
What about you? Have I missed any great plastic bloggers? What has inspired you to give up or reduce the amount of plastic you use?