Happy Earth Day! This week the CLC office has been buzzing with thoughts on how we can celebrate a day meant to promote environmental protection. One of the greatest threats of our time is appearing to be a theme across many organizations this Earth Day: plastic.
According to EcoWatch, The Ocean Conservancy, Time Magazine (and others) researchers have estimated that 5-13 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans EACH YEAR. That’s not only harmful to aquatic life but also our health. Chances are, you and everyone you know has consumed plastic particles in some way. More and more, we’re learning about the presence of plastic particles in our environment, including food and water.
In response the increasingly understood impact of plastic waste, more people are choosing to opt for reusable alternatives. There are now many ways to reach plastic-independence, from re-using shopping bags to compostable alternatives.
Most of you environmentalists already know the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Below are a few tips CLC staff use to reduce their plastic consumption.
Join us in making every day Earth Day!
Because it bears mentioning, I will note that recycling can make you “feel” like you’re neutralizing your use of plastic. While a recycling center is certainly MUCH better than a landfill, it is still energy and resource intensive to produce and recycle plastic items. What’s more, plastic is not as recyclable as metal or glass. It’s not melted down into virgin plastic but instead re-purposed into a lower grade material. We should focus on reducing the need to recycle by consuming less and reusing more.