|plastic bags | photo: Trosmisiek|
The expert in charge of the twitter party was Beth Terry who blogs over at My Plastic Free Life and goes by the twitter handle @PlasticfreeBeth. Her website is full of amazing information, links and resources on the steps to a plastic free life page including this great video on making produce bags from old t-shirts. In addition to Beth's wonderful website there is also a lot of useful information to be found at Earth 911.
|BPA laden receipts ||
I also learned that chewing gum is made with polyvinyl acetate. Seriously? Apparently the only brand of gum currently available that is all chicle is my favorite Glee gum. But I confess to sometimes having other gums as well. Not anymore. I discussed this one with my husband last night and we will no longer be buying other gum. Turns out this will also reduce our plastic packaging because Glee only packages in cardboard.
Even more disturbing was what I learned about bio-plastic. This is being touted as the best replacement because it is supposed to break down. However it turns out that many bio-plastics are made with GMO corn. Since I try to avoid GMO foods it bothers me that this product is still finding it's way into the environment. According to one thread in the party last night some bio-degradable plastics have a mystery ingredient that helps them to break down faster. Researching it on the internet I come up with the information that that chemical is "proprietary" and so does not need to be shared with the general public. Other information states that it may "leave some toxic residue but the environmental impact is lessened." This is not something that I want in my environment at all.
|glass straws | photo: Wizdomseeker|
PlasticfreeBeth set forth a Plastic Challenge. I'm not quite ready to do that yet although I will be paying more attention to the plastic usage around our house. After last night, and after watching the trailer for the documentary movie Bag It this morning, I'm certainly more educated and more committed to making changes.
It's 9:00 a.m. and already I've handled the following plastic:
|household plastic objects | photo: cjp24|
dental floss container
eye liner container
cell phone / case
and probably a few other things that didn't creep into my awareness. Whew, that's a lot of petroleum product! Definitely need to look around and see how I can reduce my usage.
Do you have any great non-plastic tips? I'd love to hear them.