The Great Plastic Overhaul!
Plastics are one of the greatest inventions of the modern world. Plastic has helped with keeping us healthy, to extend longevity, increase daily convenience, and is used in a multitude of ways.
Just like anything in the modern world, we tend to find a good thing and use the hell out of it before we really know the consequences of doing so. And because of this, pollution is at an all time high and our bodies are absorbing the ramifications.
Did you know. the FIRST piece of plastic ever made has STILL not decomposed.
That’s right Leo Hendrik Baekeland, a Belgian-born American, invented the first plastic made of phenol and formaldehyde (yum), which was the first viable synthesis of plastic in 1907. Plastic takes around 1,000 years to decompose, so yeah it’s still around today in 2019.
Luckily people have become wise to plastics and have created recycling options, and plastics alternatives. Again this is not villainize plastic, but this good thing has been over used, and over manufactured just for the sake of convenience.
To help mitigate the use of plastic in your own home is the first step to moving towards a cleaner planet, and healthier you! Here are 4 things to keep in mind to help decrease your plastic use and keep you safe.
How to tell when it starts to break down?
It’s inevitable that you’ll have plastic items in the home. So use them gosh darn it. Let’s not fear it, but there is a point of no return with plastic and you can see it happening!
When your plastic items such a cutting boards, kids plates and cup start to fade in color or you can see cut marks and scratches on the surface of the plastic, it’s time to say goodbye! This means that the surface plastic has started break down and is now part of the food or liquid it’s containing, thus you’re eating it.
Removing all plastic from your home is expensive if done all at once. I chose to buy 1-2 new glass containers from the store whenever I did my grocery shopping. Thus removing 1-2 plastic containers when I got home.
I did the same with our personal care products. Which ones could I keep in glass or what companies used less plastic where on my radar, so when I needed a replacement I knew where to purchase from.
Side Note: My husband didn’t get it. He wasn’t as moved as I was to rid our home of plastic. That’s ok. I continue to share information and share how important it is to ME. He may not give a hoot (right now) about plastic use, but he does care about what’s important to me. So find the outlet that works!
Preemptive and a firm NO
When you’re out to eat or at the coffee shop and would rather they not give you a straw or a plastic to-go container, or you’d rather use your own coffee mug…. Whatever it is SPEAK UP and BE FIRM!
For some reason I’ve had many people get their shorts in a knot when I ask them not to bring a straw over or put them in my drinks. It’s as if their brains short circuit and they don’t know what to do.
I’ve be bullied into using plastic containers and straws when I’ve said no. I’ve had them delivered to the table regardless of what I say, which means they go in the trash right after I leave the table. It makes my blood boil.
I’ve had to become louder and firmer when KINDLY requesting that I don’t want that straw or bag……
Say NO early and say NO firmly.
If it sits, say no to plastic
Plastic causes problems when food and liquids sit in them for extended periods of time. Most plastics leach chemicals that mimic the sex hormone estrogen. And new studies have been released, that say even if plastics don’t contain the well known BPA, they STILL release estrogenic chemicals. WTF
So, if your food is going to sit in the fridge, or your face lotion is going to sit on a shelf, Rethinking what that container is, will be invaluable to your health.