Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Monday Musings About Plastic Pollution

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Good morning! How was your weekend? Mine like many peoples did not turn out as I thought it would. Because of the Nor'Easter we did not end up celebrating my father-in-laws 90 birthday. Our flights were cancelled Friday, actually all of the flights were cancelled and we were told we would not be going anywhere until Sunday. The party was Saturday so we picked up our pups and spent the weekend at home. 

Thankfully with the crazy winds, gusting up to 77 miles an hour, we did not have any problems, no damage to our house or trees and we never lost power. We got lucky because I understand from reading the news that 3 days later many people are still without power.  I hope it comes back on for them soon because there is another storm coming this way Wednesday. 

I recently read a post on Facebook that said there is so much plastic floating in the ocean that the mass is as big as the 5th largest country in the world(Brazil). I was astonished so off I went to see what I could find out about this. This interesting  article by Ecowatch states that said that 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the ocean every year, and the the majority of the waste comes from just five countries: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Seriously? 

Another article from International Business Times said that between 5-18 million tons of plastic is dumped into the oceans, 20 countries are responsible for 80% of it and China is responsible for 30%! 

I am not just talking about bags and bottles I am also talking about the little plastic beads in your face wash, toys, straws and more. Think for a minute what all of this plastic does, not only does it endanger the animals, but the ice and the plants and the glaciers and so much more. 

I am speechless and bewildered. What are we going to do about this? How can we fix it? Aside from the obvious of not buying plastic bottles and using plastic bags or utensils or straws?

 I am only one person but I am going to make a concerted effort to make changes in our house to eliminate bags, bottles, etc. I already use this water bottle and have several reusable totes in the car but sometimes I forget them or I am lazy and don't feel like digging them out. I do have reusable glass storage containers but ironically they have plastic lids. 

Did you know about this? What do you think? Are you surprised? Do you use a lot of plastic? For those of you who live outside of the USA I would love to know how plastic is treated in your country.

I hope that you have a good day.


  1. There's a documentary film about the Plastic Ocean from last year.
    The countries that are dumping plastic are not necessarily the biggest consumers of plastic but they are failing to collect trash and to recycle. It's a problem of mismanagement and inadequate resources. In addition, in poorer countries, people tend to buy products in small quantities, not in bulk. That makes for more packaging.
    France banned plastic bags, plates, cups and silverware and makes recycling easy. Personally, I have a few refillable water bottles. Why buy bottled water when tap water is perfectly fine and generates no waste?

  2. Dearest Elizabeth, first of all, I can finally get into your blog (which takes a LONG time to open up) but today, I'm off from work due to a winter storm coming our way. School is canceled and I have TIME to wait! Like you, I am frustrated and concerned about a lot of things that need to change, but I feel helpless. There is simply TOO MUCH of everything harmful for our world. I wish we could stop buying things that are wrapped in plastic. For example,we love fresh spinach, but it's always packaged in this huge and cumbersome plastic containers. Unfortunately, the better choice is to buy it it bulked, wrapped simply with a rubber band, but that version is not as appealing. That's just one example of a compromise I should make. As for facial scrubs, I don't think the product I use has the little plastic beads, but maybe this calls for turning to an old and natural solution: OATMEAL as a facial scrub!

    Stay safe my friend. Another storm is coming our way and I hope it doesn't hit you all....you've been through enough.

  3. I recently wrote a report for a Sustainability class I was taking. If you want to know more about what the US is doing to combat this issue, you can go to https://marinedebris.noaa.gov/ Also there is a great video about plastic straws in the ocean Strawless ocean Take the challenge! I have replaced many plastic items in my home. I now use canning jars and glass containers to store food. Better for the environment, better for you!

  4. If you want know what the US is doing about plastic in the ocean, you can go to the https://marinedebris.noaa.gov/ website. Also there is a great video at Strawlessocean.org. Take the challenge! I replaced all the plastic food containers in my home with reusuable glass storage, like canning jars. Glass storage is not only better for the environment, its also better for you. Thank you for bringing this issue to your blog!

  5. Yes, I was already familiar with the problem. And we're not doing enough to solve the problem.


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