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The Plastic Conundrum: The Fight Against Plastics and Can We Really Eliminate Them Entirely?

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:08 AM
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by Susie Kim-Carberry last modified Aug 02, 2011

I have developed a natural aversion to plastics over the years. They are unsightly, everlasting and a hazard to the environment and our fragile eco-system. However, their insidious existence seems unavoidable at times. No matter how much I try to minimize our family's dependence on it, the plastics find a way back into our home. So How do we really combat this plastic conumdrum? The obvious choice would seem that it would have to come from the policy makers and ban them outright. However, with the plastic industry peddling the plastics the way tobacco makers did in the early 90s; the plastics are here to stay. According to Grist, the only solution to the plastic conundrum is prevention-not using them at all; however plastic industry does not look favorably upon that outcome.




 

 

the plastic war

Plastic bags won "the most ubiquitous consumer item in the world" according to Guiness World Records :Stephen Eastop:

I have developed a natural aversion to plastics over the years. They are unsightly, everlasting and a hazard to the environment and our fragile eco-system.

However, their insidious existence seems unavoidable at times. No matter how much I try to minimize our family’s dependence on it, the plastics find a way back into our home.

As much as I want to ban plastic in my home and life altogether, I find it nearly impossible with a toddler who squeals  for the latest plastic toy when toy shopping and casts asides anything wooden and natural I purchase for her.

It even gets more difficult when we are grocery shopping and have forgotten the reusable bags. I will usually hand carry the items if it’s few, then go with paper bag since I can recycle that and use plastic as the last resort. The guilt over any use of plastic increases when times I favor convenience over the Environment because after all, even I am human.

Then there are times when I am visiting someone else’s home or at a group function and they bring out the plastic ware. It would seem ungrateful and uninviting to mention the environmental hazard of plastic in someone else’s home. So I use them silently with hopes that the hostess at least recycles.

Would it even be polite for me to mention that as well? I am quite the quiet environmentalist in hopes that my efforts and efforts of other greenies will surely make up for my non-confrontational style of green living.



 

 

 
 
 

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