In this post, we read, listen, act, and reflect on March's topic: plastic. This article has been adapted from our sustainability newsletter, so please sign up for it to stay in the loop.
Estimated reading time: 9 minutes
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Today, I'm giving you 8 facts on plastic. They're all taken from two articles; both are fairly short reads from National Geographic, so check them out for yourselves!
Our episode's lovely host, Wendy Zukerman, asks four questions that originated with all the buzz around straws:
You can explore the link below for everything from the episode itself to show notes to additional resources (including the infamous turtle video). Wendy chimes in with the answers at around 23:10 in case you just want to know what's going in with those four questions, but I highly recommend giving the full episode a listen (27 min).
Okay, so I won't answer the questions, but I will provide five takeaways:
Check out the podcast link to listen to the full thing - you can also read the microplastics study mentioned above.
Here are some tips to ultimately remove plastic from your daily life. One thing I've heard from many of you is you struggle with single-use plastics in food (frozen food, cheese, etc.). I don't have an immediate suggestion for brands that use plastic-free packaging, but I found many 2019 articles that show people are thinking about it! I'll share as soon as I find something concrete. In the meantime, here are 8 things I've come up with:
Increasing our sustainability choices makes a huge difference. However, the blame is not largely on us - we're battling against corporations with power, resources, and influence that often exceeds us. This article talks about how deeply ingrained plastic is in our lives, how we got here, and how this environmental calamity has been kept a secret by large corporations for decades.