Wonderful things are ahead of us, if we keep taking steps forward into the transition to a plastic-free lifestyle, no matter how big or small.
The saying “It’s the thought that counts,” has an impactful meaning when discussing the importance of less plastic use, and the continuous practice of recycle and reuse of products produced by big corporations, for consumer use.
Let’s go Back In Time First on the History of Plastic
According to Sciencehistory.org
“ Plastic was first produced in 1869, in New York. It is made from a long chain of molecules name Polymer which means ‘many parts.’ The first form of plastic contained substances from nature, making it a little bit more natural than what we have today. It wasn’t until 1907, when Leo Baekeland invented the first synthetic plastic Blakelite, which contained no molecules from nature. Synthetic Plastic had its first growth spurt during World War II (WWII), when the United States necessitated plastic, which later brought them Industrial and Military success. During the war plastic production rose to 300%.
“The need to preserve scarce natural resources made the production of synthetic alternatives a priority.” (Paragraph 9, line 2).
Due to plastics low price, many revolutionist believed plastic to be the next best thing for the future/economy of mankind in America.
It wasn’t until 1960, when plastic began to concern Americans who were becoming increasingly aware of environmental dangers. During this time, the first sightings of plastic washing up on the shore began to take place.
Plastic’s famous, influential life-changing reputation continued to dwindle and the plastic industry suggested the recycling process in the 1980s.”- Sciencehistory.org
Fast Forward to Today.
Plastic has evolved.
According to James Macdonald, JSTOR article, “In Kamilo Point, HI, geologists have discovered a new anthropogenic type of rock, they’re calling, plastiglomerate.”
This new rock is a combination of plastic bits, sand, and volcanic rock, and it is usually found near camp-fire sites.
While this would make a person think, plastic is being burned “great,” this is not the case. The geologists who have discovered this evolved plastic have found it located deep beneath sand, and they believe it will continue to evolve and be the only thing we’ll leave behind as a species if we were to go extinct.
How To Be the Change and use LessPlastic
According to the EPA, in 2013, the average person in the USA used about 13-percent of plastic per day. The percentage doesn’t include other waste materials such as: paper, wood, aluminum, or metal.
There are +325 billion people living in the US.
I hate math person, and barely passed statistics, but simple math can tell you that is a lot of plastic being consumed/used daily in one country.
The only way to reverse this process is to recycle and reuse.
I say no, because plastic has been produced since the 1800s and there is lots of it floating around in our oceans and forming with rocks.
When a person (speaking from experience), is accustomed to a plastic life, and tries the simple step of cutting it completely out of their life cold-turkey, it is hard.
Many people can go cold-turkey from a lot of things, but cutting out plastic is not so easy to do on your own. It will take an entire civilization/uniting of people to eliminate the continuous production/consumption of plastic. For a plastic-free lifestyle.
Thankfully that is already in process today.
There are many companies who are doing their best to become plastic-free, as well as a not-for-profit organization Plastic Free July (PLJ), who challenges people to start their journey of freeing the planet from plastic debris.
While PLJ’s goal will probably take a million years to reach, with the little steps taken and people continuously jumping on board, it is destiny to lead our planet into a habitable place for the little humans being born everyday.
Want to live Plastic Free?
The following are a list of companies I’ve found that has helped me on my no-plastic journey:
Healing Intentions — Tea and Candles
Bohemianbowls- Flatware and bowls made from coconut
Doggydogood- biodegradable doggy bags
Greepaperproducts- biodegradable trash bags
And many more.
Live-On Plastic Free
In summary, in order to live a plastic-free life, or in a world that no longer produces plastic, we have to do our part. From personal experience the easiest thing to do is be less wasteful and everything else falls into place.
Each day, I try to consume the less waste, and I come up with new ideas to help me become less wasteful.
From my own journey, I have learned that biodegradable is the easiest way to transition.
Enjoy your new journey to a plastic-free world.