“We need to find new ways of managing the production and use of plastics, so as to reduce their impact on the environment.” LS 190

In this era of our throw-away culture where we have everything packaged and delivered, it’s difficult to break the plastic habit.

The priority is to tackle single-use plastic items, most of which can’t be or is not recycled. They stay in landfills for hundreds of years, or break down in the environment harming wildlife, and enter the food chain and even our air. It’s estimated that we consume a credit card amount of microplastic plastic a week.

Let’s “take a bite out of plastic” and be more intentional about our shopping habits and product choices. Here are some suggestions:

  • Check the website www.beatthemicrobead.org to see which shampoos, hand creams, & cosmetics contain tiny plastic microbeads.
  • Avoid bottled water by carrying a reusable water bottle with you all the time.
  • Look for bottled products (lotions, shampoo, dish or hand wash) that can be refilled.
  • For detergent, check packaging as well as content. Consider BioKleen, or Earth Breeze
  • detergent sheets. Avoid detergent pods.
  • Use reusable shopping bags and mesh produce bags. Clean & reuse plastic produce bags.
  • Buy whole, uncut produce rather than prepped and packaged in plastic.
  • Party without plastic! Use eco-friendly compostable or paper products.

This Season of Creation let’s “take a bite out of plastic”, and opt for a cleaner, healthier environment for us and all living creatures.