I recently had to read (for class) the book, Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author,Who Went in Search of Them
Honestly, the book was a complete bore. It had the potential to be interesting if the former English teacher turned author hadn't gone the agonizing route of large words and thoughtless rambling...
Anywho...what I did take away from the book was that he witnessed first-hand the effects plastic has on our ecosystem. There are actual "garbage patches" in the middle of the ocean (where currents round them up) consisting of materials that won't break down or sink...plastic material. There's even beaches out there composed of tiny colorful bits of plastic. And for the animal lovers out there... birds such as the albatross that are dying because they're ingesting this plastic garbage that they had mistaken for food. It's all really sad.
So... then I had Avery. My main concern was his health and safety so I decided to change and use non-plastic items with him. Or at least do our best to reduce its use.
So what are we doing to reduce our use of plastic you may ask...
But we'd love to get as far as to...
- Use biodegradable garbage bags
- DIY and use reusable sandwich and snack sacks
- Purchase/DIY plastic-free toys for Avery...especially during his "mouth tasting" phase.
- Purchasing soft drinks that are packaged in glass. (Aluminium cans are lined with plastic!)
- Can our own veggies in glass jars instead of cans.
Well, to start I'll be going through each room of our house and "cleansing" what I can! It's going to be a 3-month challenge that'll try to highlight bi-weekly. Switching over may be expensive at first, but should cut down on cost in the long run, as we won't be using plastic out the wazoo!
First up is the kitchen... probably the largest undertaking, but I've already started. :)
- Ordered two of these pitchers for milk storage
- Ordered 2 of these pitchers for juice
I'll most likely transfer the plastic tupperware I have to arts and crafts storage. But I need help...not sure how to deal with the freezer. Right now we vaccum pack our meat in ziploc's plastic baggies. (which is a "blend" of plastics that adhere's to the FDA standards of food safe...hm...yeah ok) What did they do in the old days??!!
Curious to hear your thoughts! :)