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3 Things You Can Do About Plastic

3 Things You Can Do About Plastic

File this one under Things You Probably Already Knew but Maybe Some People Don’t.

photo by flickr user stevendepolo

I’ve always considered myself aware of my environment. Growing up I witnessed over-development raze my home town. I’ve always thought that something was fundamentally wrong with the way that humans consume without consideration for consequences. I thought I was doing something by heckling the machines and educating myself. I recycle. I re-use. What I know (and have never had the ovaries to act on) as a thirty-something suburbanite not under a rock with all my senses functioning is that this is clearly not enough. In the company of my fellow editors here, I’m the baby at radical action.

I’m jumping into the pool finally, after years and years of getting my feet wet and reporting on the temperature of the water. I started awhile ago with my clothes. Now I’m moving on in baby steps to the Plastic Monster.

And plastic is a MONSTER. So if you’re like me and just stepping into the Radical Mom frontier, here are some

basic steps you can take:

1. Assess. How much of what you know about plastics is wishful thinking?

2. Educate. What are they?

3. Act. What can you do?

Lots of you will already be familiar with this information. I am a little, I got an 83 on #1. But where lots of people in my mom-type peer group fail is at action. Action, action, action. It’s a mantra. And as a parent, I want my kid to learn from my experience that knowing is only half the battle. At some point you have to mobilize and (not) put your money where your mouth is.


  • Nice one. I only got a 67% on the quiz… wrong guess on the PET.

    This is great information, and even for those of us who consider themselves to be some kind of eco-warrior, a good reminder of how much more we can do. Thanks Funks.

    • I missed the PET food one.

      Reminders are good, eh? It’s going to be a loooong road for me. I’m probably choc full of BPAs from childhood.

  • Thanks for the link to the Fake Plastic Fish Plastic-Free Guide. You just reminded me that I have a couple more things to add to the list!

    • Hey, it’s Beth Terry! I was just about to mention you. Looks like I don’t need to.

      Love your work.

    • Wow! Thanks for the comment. I’ll be sure to watch for the new things!

    • This is exciting!

      And yeah…..#1, #1, #1. I’m still working on it.

  • This is just a good post. I’m passing it along.

    And for people who don’t like to read, Here

  • “Love and Trash This is the part that kills me: “The recommended eight glasses of water a day, at U.S. tap rates, equals about $.49 per year. That same amount of bottled water is about $1,400.”” from @Magikspell’s piece on reducing trash.

    • Yeah that one killed me too.

  • :) and I as anyone think that the info here is very useful not only for the eco-warriors but for every one. Cheers guys! RECYCLE

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