Plastic free Please

Mission:

Educate West Chester Area residents and businesses about how to reduce plastic use in our everyday lives and how to properly recycles the material we do use according to the neighborhood in which you live. Encourage local food suppliers to reduce the amount of plastic packaging the have on items.

The facts:

The approach:  “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of of small things brought together” Vincent van Gogh.

It’s happening around the word, consumers don’t want plastic anymore and supermarkets need to start realizing that they play a vital role in consumer single use plastics. Supermarket chain ALDI already took the initiative on what they call “Crack down on plastic waste”.

What can you do: Thursday the 14th is the day of Love. Write a love letter to the earth with your (grand)child. Let us know what you find so beautiful about her: her colors, animals, plants, whatever you can think of together. Then tell them you do not want climate change to change life on earth. Make a nice letter and send it in to Sustainability or Climate officials in your municipality. 

 

Links:

ALDI cracks down on plastic waste.
Aldi has become the latest leading supermarket to unveil wide-ranging new plans to crack down on plastic waste, pledging to ensure all the packaging for its own-brand products is recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022. https://www.greenbiz.com/article/aldi-cracks-down-plastic-waste

New studies show that alarming numbers of tiny fibers from synthetic fabrics are making their way from your washing machine into aquatic animals. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/20/microfibers-plastic-pollution-oceans-patagonia-synthetic-clothes-microbeads

https://www.greenerpackage.com/compost_biodegrade/compostable_cereal_bag_featured_plastic-free_grocery_aisle

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/plastic-free-aisle-kroger-us-grocery-store/

Trees can seem like a more benign source material than natural gas or oil. But converting hard wood into paper requires a resource-heavy pulping process, which the UK’s Environment Agency determined in its life cycle analysis (LCA) to be “significantly worse” than plastic in terms of its impact on human health and eco-toxicity (that’s LCA speak for stress on an ecosystem). Please follow this link for more on the Plastic vs Paper discussion. https://ecomyths.org/2014/05/27/myth-paper-bags-are-greener-than-plastic/

Fiction:  Many believe that paper bags are more environmentally friendly than plastic bags because they are made from a renewable resource, can biodegrade, and are recyclable. Fact:  Plastic shopping bags outperform paper bags environmentally – on manufacturing, on reuse, and on solid waste volume and generation. http://www.allaboutbags.ca/papervplastic.html

Plastic free July. Imagine a world without plastic waste. That’s our mission – to build a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling, worldwide. https://plasticfreejuly.org/