A World of Plastic
Plastic -- can you imagine a day without it? It has come to be a component of nearly everything we buy and use, it seems. On the one hand, plastic has made things possible that might not have been possible. On the other hand, there are a few major problems (at least) with its widespread use:
* It lasts longer than we can adequately comprehend.
* It causes harm to countless animals and fish that try to consume it or get entangled in it.
* Much of it contains hormone-disrupting chemicals that negatively affect humans.
With such a ubiquitous material, there are also a ton of interesting, useful, and perhaps even horrifying facts related to it. Someone recently shared a stunning and thorough InfoGraphic on plastic with me that I thought Green Living Ideas readers would enjoy. Aside from the facts about plastic's tremendous volume, the huge plastic garbage patches in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, plastic bag mountains on land, and the problems all of these things create, though, I love that this infographic is proactive and tells us how we can considerably cut our use of plastic.... Read the entire article