Single-Use Plastic Sucks

Single-Use Plastic Sucks

We are committed to using reusable glass jars and bottles, metal caps, resin straws that break down fast, and kraft paper cups, bags, and napkins.

Single-use plastic does really suck, especially if we are talking about the health of all creatures on this planet, and the health of the planet itself.

Single-Use plastic seemed great for our industries that needed a cheap, lightweight, and transparent package to display consumer products in. But, the situation with this substances has gotten far out of hand. It's time to end this madness, one purchase at a time.

Humanity as a collective has become a catastrophic hoarder of single-use plastic. No Shaming intended.

The first thing that matters the most is that all that plastic is disgusting to look at, and I know that if you’re reading this, you don’t like it either. In fact, I can’t think of any person that I know or any society that prefers plastic all over the place versus living in a pristine environment, so is it smart to talk about reducing and  eventually eliminating all single-use plastic products including those silly little plastic wrap or is it or just use so quickly and pulled off of a straw for god sake.

Single-use plastic exists because it’s cheap. It’s clear to see through it, and it’s cheap. It does an extraordinary job of containing the object that it’s in enclosing. It’s obvious how something that fulfilled all these different needs became so unbelievably comment on the planet it’s everywhere we turn.

So what are you supposed to do? Well, maybe feel a tiny bit guilty and be a little bit stressed out and anxious about it. Then just take care of your side of the room.

Are we preaching? Sure, maybe a little, but that’s what this subject really needs. What makes us the authority on this is firsthand terrible experiences with being big polluters ourselves in our previous businesses. In our previous businesses, we were the kings and queens of plastic packaged health foods. so for us to now be in the Glass business it’s our way of trying to get redemption.

It’s not a very complicated thing to say to yourself from this forward going forward you’re going to just concentrate on single use plastic packaging. Don’t make it so difficult where you can’t buy something that’s multi-use. Single plastic packaging at first. Also, don’t be led by people who tell you that plant-based plastics are the solution because they really are not.

First of all, they keep human beings dependent on single use packaging of any kind and they’re not as disposable or sustainable as you might think. Those types of plastics claim that they break down very quickly, but they only break down very quickly if they’re in a special facility designed to facilitate and accelerate the breakdown. Otherwise plant-based plastics can take nine years to break down just being thrown into the environment.

No, I'm sorry that Plastic is not gonna work and so we have to really be thoughtful about the products that we consume. We also have to be a little bit annoyed with an inconvenience that we might want to carry with us at all times a folding Shopping bag since we’re such big consumers we probably gonna need that all the time. 

The good news is most of us carry a purse or backpack. We could always have a couple of those to rotate in and out of her backpack as we know that every day we’re gonna go shopping and we’re gonna need at least just one of them. That’s great way to get rid of all those plastic shopping bags that are flying around and get stuck to the naked trees in the winter and you see them all over the belt parkway is absolutely hideous

Of course you could take all this a step further and find a way to only use zero emission packaging but that makes things a little bit more difficult. You gotta have a lot more skill sets and you have to have a lot more awareness so a good starting point is just to start with single use plastic. 

The same way we recommend that a person look at their diet and just say I just have to leave the processed food and I’ve made a 95% improvement in my overall diet so you pick one thing to eliminate to make a radical improvement. It’s the same thing with dealing with plastic. You’re picking one thing to eliminate which is single use plastic and then we’ll make a progression to eliminate other forms of wasteful plastic.

One thing that is certain to influence the industry that uses single use plastic is to vote with your dollars. Show companies that you reject single use plastic and they will have to become innovative. They will have to create packaging for their products.

We the consumers will also have to do something to encourage change, which is we will have to get used to some of the inconveniences that are associated with truly sustainable packaging, and there will be some inconveniences the first inconvenience is it mini the things we need to buy such as baby wipes come in plastic packages but those were use 60 some odd times before we have to dispose of them. Well, this is still an imperfect message. It’s far more reasonable.

And if all of these philosophies and ideas aren’t enough to stimulate someone’s brain to get with the program, let’s think of some of the other small facts or little tidbits if you will.

The carbon emissions that are created by taking petroleum and processing it to make plastic, and the carbon emissions used to make single use. Plastics of any type are certainly not in balance for the value that we get from that particular item, which is just one single use and then it somehow makes its way back into the garbage system, Weston makes its way back into the environment.

When you can contrast that too, the carbon emissions that are used to create a glass mason jar, which can reasonably live in someone’s home for years before being broken or discarded, there’s no comparison.

What about micro plastics getting into the ocean and then making its way back into the food supply? Its obvious side effect of plastic in general is that somehow or another all of it gets back into the environment which then somehow it will get into our rainwater and also makes its way into the ocean. When plastic breaks down into micro plastics, they’re consumed by fish. And bigger fish that we eat for example, might eat the fish or eating fish just eating part fish part plastic is diet so that gets back into your system and it is estimated that in our lifetime we will consider 40 pounds of plastic. 

Obviously we were able to get that plastic out of her body because we don’t weigh 40 pounds of plastic at the time of death, but do you want any pounds of plastic or ounces in your chemistry? Is that even a question?

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