Gregory, the Terrible Eater was forced to eat junk which for his family meant literal garbage. It’s a cute 1980s children’s book about choosing healthy eating, but sadly that choice isn’t exactly a reality today. You’ve likely seen some of the heartbreaking images of plastic waste killing marine and wildlife. It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that a recent study reveals humans are ingesting 50,000 particles of microplastic a year and breathing in a similar quantity. We are now involuntary consumers of plastic, literally, and our planet is being consumed by it. How can we stop this if, as consumers, most everything is made with or comes in plastic?
I wish I had the answers, but I do my best to come up with individual solutions in our home and share them with you here.
I recently blogged about using bar soap for dishwashing by hand instead of liquid soaps in plastic bottles.
Other than an occasional fizzy drink from glass bottles we do not drink bottled water–we use a filter on our tap. (I used to drink a lot of Poland Spring water which comes in plastic. No more, and not just because of the bottles!) We also get our local milk in returnable glass bottles.
Instead of plastic bags we use Maine made canvas and reusable recycled grocery bags whenever possible.
I’m now phasing out all of our plastic food storage even though it’s BPA-free, because when hot food comes in contact with the plastic who knows what’s leaching into our food! (I’m researching this issue for my book). Instead of throwing the plastic food storage away we will be repurposing them into containers for organizing screws and bits in Wayne’s basement workshop.
I bought this cute set of lidded glass Pyrex food storage bowls with plastic BPA-free lids which won’t be coming in contact with our food since I don’t fill all the way to the top. So not totally plastic-free but it’s a huge improvement over 100% plastic. I also bought some rectangular glass lidded Pyrex that has been working great.
I’ve been experimenting with homemade kitchen counter cleaning sprays so that we don’t have to keep buying it in plastic bottles. It’s been working very well so far.
Plastic pollution is completely unsustainable and I feel a true sense of urgency to do my part. No animal or human should be forced to eat, breathe or drown in garbage!