When Plastic Isn’t Fantastic

On this, day 7 of 30 Days Wild, I decided to audit how much disposable plastic is in my life. I like to think that I’m an environmentally conscious consumer (I always carry my smug little reusable shopping bag, for example, and I have one of those non-disposable coffee cups), but even in this house there’s a lot of it. I think I need to do better.

What’s the problem with disposable plastic? Well, first off it’s a by-product of the petrochemical industry, so it’s made from non-renewable resources. Secondly, it doesn’t decay. We’ve all heard the terrible stories of the damage done to marine life, but the fate of plastic dumped in landfill is equally bleak. It just stays there, taking up space. In tiny, cramped Great Britain, this is (or ought to be) a real issue, because space is something we don’t have a lot of.

Here’s a depressing rogue’s gallery of my disposable plastic:

Disposable Plastic in my Bathroom
Even supposedly environmentally friendly brands are at it!
Disposable Plastic in my Glasses Case
In my Glasses Case
Disposable Plastic on my Desk
On my Desk
Disposable Plastic in the Utility Room
At least this one’s refillable
Disposable Plastic in the Food Cupboard
In the Food Cupboard
Disposable Plastic by the Sink
By the Sink
Disposable Plastic in the Loo
In the Loo
Disposable Plastic in the Fridge
In the Fridge
Disposable Plastic for Lunch
For Lunch

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