plastic isn’t that fantastic

no excuse for single use

Hello there! (^^)/

Today I wanted to share this poster from the Two Hands Project organization that bear the following motto: Take two hands and 30 minutes to clean up your world anytime, anywhere. Anyone can take 30 minutes to clean any place at any time to help removing our garbage that’s literally choking our environment, ocean or earth.

Anyone can collaborate indeed, but the idea behind it is more about changing our modern lifestyle into one that doesn’t harm anything or anyone, don’t you think? Like I said in a previous post, there are numerous ways to do so. Have you ever wondered taking out of your life most of the plastic we use that cannot be recycled or not easily reused?

This is what I started to do after thinking about all the available plastic in our daily lives: bags, packaging, various objects… We’re surrounded by plastic!

So what can we do about it?

For starters when I shop, I am mostly buying products that come into a recyclable packaging, or buy loose products I fill into paper bags: fruits, vegetables, rice, nuts, etc… Now there’s even an organic store in France that offer to refill our household products, like wash liquid or washing powder. No need to buy new products, we use the same bottles over and over again. And of course, instead of plastic bags, I use the same shopping bag.

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And what can we do about all the plastic bags we have? A small organization in France called Les Filles du Facteur has one answer: collecting plastic bags to knit them into lasting products like baskets, carpets or fashion bags! They hire women who experience difficult financial situations to knit these cool products and sell them online, giving them a rewarding job and preserving the environment.

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These are all great solutions to stop polluting the Earth in awful ways. Check out the Plastic Garbage Project to get an idea about how we’re polluting oceans for example and what are the ways to get involved. The website has great resources and documentation, like a movie I just discovered named Bag It, made by a regular consumer who thought about these issues too: “Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes, disposable bags that they throw away without much thought. But where is «away?» Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to the environment, marine life and human health?”

This reminds of a beautiful trailer I watched yesterday of an upcoming movie called Midway, scheduled for late 2013. Director Chris Jordan explores the curse the Laysan albatross are subjected to by dying from ingesting plastic objects they find in the sea. What is tragic is that they’re on an island 2000 miles far from any coast. This is how far the impact of our consumer’s life go.

Midway

Amazing people are trying to find ways to change our excessive way to consume, like designer Aaron Mickelson who thought about re-thinking all of the packaging system here.

But the real change begins and lies within us, consumers. No one else can change the whole system.

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