Hold the Plastic

Renew You Challenge

Let’s start this week off right!

Here is your newest weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us! 

Plastic is almost ubiquitous. To go through an entire day without using plastic is unheard of. Although a useful material, no doubt, the modern-day widespread use of plastic is beginning to close in on us. Researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have found a 100-fold increase in plastic garbage in the ocean; and this increase is changing the marine habitat.

Have your heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? It’s an area of the North Pacific Ocean littered with high amounts of plastic. Estimates vary on the size of this patch, ranging from twice the size of Hawaii to the size of the continental United States. Despite the disagreement in size, all parties agree that it’s growing.

So this week, take stock of your day-to-day life. Where are you using plastic that is not needed? If you still use plastic grocery bags, start there! Choose reusable bags instead. This alone would save landfills (and the oceans!) from a huge amount of plastic—if we all made the change. Where else can you cut back? How about food containers? Choose Pyrex over plastic. And when you do use plastic—recycle it; even if it’s not convenient, it’s worth it.

Not only are plastics harmful to our bodies, due to the toxins they emit, but they are harmful to our home—the earth. What are you doing to lessen this burden?

 

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