Plastic Pollution And You

Plastic Shopping Bags Cause Plastic Pollution

 

In my last blog I talked about plastic shopping bags, and how they are contributing not just towards plastic pollution, but also having an impact on what we eat.

What is the plastic pollution like in your area?  Are you given plastic shopping bags where you shop?  Do you take them – or are your goods immediately packed in them for you – even if you have your own reusable bags?  What about other plastics in your area – is there a lot of plastic pollution where you live?

Yesterday’s video talked about Andy Keller who was being sued for saying nasty things about plastic shopping bags and how they contribute to plastic pollution.   What happened with this lawsuit?  Watch part 2 of this video (below) to find out – I think you’ll find it interesting.

 

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  • Body language of great leaders Nov 18, 2011, 9:21 am

    Clare, what are some ways that people can deal with the carriers for 6 packs?
    Scott Sylvan Bell

    Now go implement!

    • Clare Delaney Nov 18, 2011, 10:48 am

      Great question Scott!

      You mean the plastic rings that go around yoghurt tubs and beer cans? If so, there are plenty of things you can do.
      1. Buy your beer or other drinks in glass bottles and return them (for a refund) to your local store. You’ll save money, and the only trash is the caps. Sure, it’s a bit more hassle to transport them back and forth, but just tie it in with your normal shopping. Glass bottles are reusable and recyclable. Living in a hot climate, we drink beer, so we just buy a crate (24 small bottles) at a time. It’s much cheaper than buying cans and the beer tastes better too (no slight metallic taste).
      2. For things like yoghurt tubs, consider buying a large tub and then if you need small quantities (for example for work or school), use reusable containers. You’ll save money by buying in bulk and you’ll create less trash.
      3. If you really have to buy stuff with those rings, then cut them up into at least 2 parts, and dispose of them properly without littering. When the rings are whole, animals can get trapped inside them. They grow but the plastic doesn’t – that’s why you need to cut them before you dispose of them.

  • Dennis Perry Nov 16, 2011, 12:04 am

    Yet another example of how numbers and statistics can be manipulated and massaged into whatever message you want.

    The bottom line I think is to use fewer plastic bags and more re-usable bags. If enough of us did that, the problem would take care of itself.

    Dennis

  • Cherie Miranda Nov 14, 2011, 9:15 am

    I’ve never accepted plastic shopping bags and, after seeing this, am very glad I haven’t!

    Cherie Miranda

  • Singles Dating Conference Speaker Nov 13, 2011, 2:02 am

    Hi Green Goddess,

    It is always so good to learn more about how to be ecofriendly at your blog.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell

  • Body Language Nov 12, 2011, 5:09 am

    This is why whenever the grocer asks “Paper or Plastic” you should always say paper or just no bag at all.

    Mark Hogan

  • Kevin Bettencourt Nov 12, 2011, 4:05 am

    So in the end it came down to money yet again. Sad that we just won’t do the right thing. It would be a step in the right direction if the plastic bag makers would just make the bags thicker and reuseable and compete with the cloth bag industry.

  • Michael D Walker Nov 11, 2011, 10:27 pm

    Definitely a lot of plastic bags that we don’t need polluting the ocean and landfills. Thanks for posting the second part of the video.

    Michael

  • John Moulder Nov 11, 2011, 9:41 am

    They are nasty pieces of pollution . I have a few cloth bags that I keep in the car . Will have to use them more often when shopping .