Alternatives to Single Use Plastic - You Are The Key

Wednesday, October 20 2010 @ 03:05 PM EDT

Contributed by: richardpitt

From being an artist working with things like plastic bags, to developing and executing plans to reduce plastic pollution, Dianna Cohen is part of the solution instead of being part of the problem. She is co-founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a group that addresses the pervasive problem of plastic pollution.

The REFUSE Pledge

Disposable plastics are the greatest contributors to plastic pollution. Designed to be discarded, straws, plastic bottles, plastic utensils, lids, plastic bottles and so many others offer a small convenience but remain forever. REFUSE disposable plastics! Follow the “4 Rs” of sustainable living: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse,...

Her talk at the University of British Columbia is available from the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design)  web site, and is well worth the 5 minutes or so it takes to watch.

Plastic is one of man's greatest achievements - but it is also a major problem on Planet Earth as we discard single-use items such as water bottles and disposable lighters, etc.

I don't know about you, but I've taken to complaining to store employees (with the objective of them pushing the complaints up the line to management and buyers) about the plastic packaging on many items. I make them (the employees) remove the packaging because it is literally dangerous to try to do it yourself with some of the "clam-shell" designs. If they can't/won't do it, I simply don't purchase the product.

How are you dealing with single-use plastic? Do you even think about it? Post your comments here to let others know your experiences and your commitment to reduction of this long-lasting pollutant.

And - take the time and sign the REFUSE Pledge



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