I have decided to cut down on my plastic usage. Here’s why:
1. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It exists. This is not good.
3. Making a conscious effort to reduce my plastic usage will force me to reevaluate the impact I am personally having on the earth. This will be good.
Over the past week, as I brainstormed how to structure this project, one thing became clear: plastic is in everything. When the idea for this project first came to me, I thought that I could take it on without much major disruption of my daily routine. “I’ll just get better at remembering to take my cloth bags to the grocery store!” I told myself cheerfully. “I’ll buy more things in bulk! It will be easy peasy lemon squeezy!”
Boy, is my face red. Turns out that while I was thinking this thought, I was brushing my hair with my plastic hairbrush after washing my hair with shampoo and conditioner that came from plastic bottles in a shower with a plastic shower curtain. Don’t even get me started on the plastic computer and plastic cellphone that I rely on to participate in life in the twenty-first century.
So. I’m not going to be able to completely eliminate plastic from my daily life. In consultation with a committee of experts (i.e. my boyfriend), I have decided to create a system of points that I can allot toward my plastic usage each week. The number of points per week will take into account items that I use every day (like my computer and cellphone) and will allow for a small number of discretionary plastic items. For those of you interested in my point system, you can check back next week when I will post what I’ve worked out. For those of you who have lives/normal interests and attention spans, we go back to the larger point…
My goal is this: to reduce, to educate myself and others, and to have a good time doing it. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading, and you can tune in next week to see if I’ve made any progress.