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Since plastics were first introduced to the U.S. during the mid-late 19th century, we’ve been dependent on the material for it’s versatility, convenience, and function. Currently, plastics are one of the most used materials on a volume basis in U.S. industrial and commercial life. Unfortunately, the sheer mass of plastic used to make containers, packaging, appliances, plates, cups, and so forth has gravely impacted the environment. An estimated 46,000 pieces of plastic occupy each square mile of ocean and at least two thirds of the world’s fish stocks are suffering from plastic ingestion.
Alternative materials—such as reclaimed wood, steel, and glass—can help gradually reduce our reliance on plastic and pose less of an impact on the Earth. Reducing plastic use can range from short term decisions—swapping plastic sandwich bags for washable canvas or throwaway plastic utensils for metal ones—to more long term changes, such as trading in your plastic picnic tables for reclaimed wood barn tables. Making smart swaps can make a big difference over time.
6 thoughts on “How to Move Away from Plastic Dependency [Infographic]”
That’s a great infographic! I am a big fan of re-using and recycling things. I have just crocheted some plastic shopping bags into a chair cover 🙂
That’s sounds great! Will you be posting it? We would love to see it 🙂
Plastic was quite useful and innovative, now is just… Waste and is everywhere in everything, is like a virus! In trying hard to avoid it in my everyday life.
Thanks for commenting, have a great Friday, enjoy!
My crochet chair cover is at the end of this post ~
That is so true! Plastic has been useful but it has been so overused and also we have not been careful enough when disposing of it! Now it poisons our oceans and litters our landscapes!
Reblogged this on Green Lizard's Blog and commented:
This is very important information. There’s been enough plastic made since we learned how, to put the whole planet in a giant plastic bag. Cutting down on the use of this ghastly stuff is a big priority.
What’s standing in the way of cutting down on plastic.
Big petro giants with no conscience,
A totally apathetic populace.
The 99% who don’t give a dam.