Businesses that make single-use items need to think about what happens to their products when they’ve reached the end of their lives, said Dune Ives, the head of the environmental nonprofit Lonely Whale Foundation.
There’s nothing particularly special about bottled water from Fiji, you must know. “The only really unique thing about Fiji is its distance,” said Gleick, adding that the company has “one of the largest carbon footprints in the world” among water bottle companies.
Trash pickers who hike into the landfill spend their days in the tropical heat combing through broken glass, medical waste, rotting food and graying plastic bags. They look for valuables, raw materials and recyclables to exchange for cash.
While it is unclear how much of the plastics have turned into gases and how much of those gases escape to the atmosphere or stay sequestered in the oceans, this could constitute a significant but unmeasured source of greenhouse gas emissions, she said.
Until consumers started to campaign loudly, food, drink and other heavy plastic-using businesses took little responsibility for single-use plastic waste, expecting urban collection services and a small recycling market to clean up the litter and dispose of their products.
Are there even words to describe this world we live in? There are so many thoughts, what’s your biggest take away?
Let’s answer WHY it’s critical to make sustainable daily life choices:
Join me on a scroll through the images/info that replay in my mind constantly like a bad early 2000’s boy band song. I’ve limited my commentary on these images for now but this is the outline for what this site will be/is all about! (image sources are Pinterest unless otherwise stated)
it starts with being informed. then, pay attention to your actions in your daily life and think about the origins of all the products you use, their final destination and how long they will be with you in between.
it’s not completely about removing plastic from your life (although that is one way to identify where you can make changes) but it’s also how, where, when and what you shop for. shop local shop less often, use what you have.
if everyone in your town reduced their intake of single use coffee cups and started buying bbq sauce in glass jars instead of plastic, don’t you think the market would have to change to adapt to these buying habits? As consumers we have that power.
I am constantly blown away when I consider how every piece of plastic that has ever existed still exists today. And that all of the plastic we use on a daily basis will outlive us in one form or another. Your first cell phone in high school? Still exists somewhere. Every starbucks cup you’ve EVER sipped from? Still exists somewhere. This is depressing to think about, I know. I’ve been there repeatedly. I choose to change that sadness into motivation to make better choices and to help others understand how changing their daily life choices really can make a difference.
We can all grow and learn together as a community. I have plenty still to learn, this site is partially meant to hold me accountable to continue expanding my own understanding. The only way to turn this around is collectively.
Let’s talk about this, please PLEASE tell me your thoughts on this by replying below.
If this hasn’t phased you, I genuinely want to know how/why.
If you are falling into this dark pit with me or have been falling already and totally get it, welcome and thanks for being here. I apologize for potentially being the bearer of this inevitably bad news but I’m glad you’re here so we can impact change together. Tell me below where you want to start.