The Redhead's Green Thumb

Xiane rambles about eco-issues, gardening, crafts, and life.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

 

Our oceans are turning into plastic...are we?

Best Life Magazine: Our oceans are turning into plastic...are we?

Be ready to be very, very depressed when you read this. However, PLEASE read it. Then post about it. And post your ideas for how to eliminate plastic from our lives. Things as simple as refusing to use plastic bags and choosing to use your own cloth ones can make a difference. According to this article, "only 3 - 5% of plastics are recycled in any way." That's frightening.

Look around your house. Examine your life. What do you have around you now that could be made from another material than plastic? Do you recycle the plastics that you have?

There's also reference to a book that I'm in the process of getting to read: Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. The Amazon.com blurb has this to say about the book:
"Paper or plastic? Neither, say William McDonough and Michael Braungart. Why settle for the least harmful alternative when we could have something that is better--say, edible grocery bags! In Cradle to Cradle, the authors present a manifesto calling for a new industrial revolution, one that would render both traditional manufacturing and traditional environmentalism obsolete."

This is the kind of thinking and action that we need. Please take some time today to read the article and look over the link to the book - and maybe pass along this message?

Comments:
I found your blog by accident searching for rambouillet combed top : -) Looking forward to reading more!
 
Isn't it nice when you find a shout-out for your own product, randomly? :D

Look for another order from me VERY soon. And hello from blog-land!
 
I don't think I can read something so depressing this early (yes, 10am is early!).

But I can say that I do my part:

I recycle plastics
I take my own bags for shopping
I use cloth menstrual pads

Yay me. :)
 
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