Ditch the plastic Week 3 - Bring your own travel coffee or tea mug

This week to ditch some plastic in your life, use a reusable travel coffee or tea mug instead of styrofoam or plastic coated paper. I used to think the inside of paper cups was wax, nope, it is plastic leaching into your hot beverage of choice! Reusable cups can work for iced coffees and teas as well! I brew coffee in the morning and bring with me in this reusable mug with silicone cover. I also use my travel mug to get coffee on the go. I have never had anyone turn me down on a refill in my reusable ceramic cup. A win for your health avoiding leaching toxins. A win for your tastebuds because coffee and tea just taste better in glass! Using a reusable coffee/tea mug is also a win for the environment and sea turtles! 

Refill with delicious Joe Van Gogh Organic coffee at Weaver Street Market, our local Co-op  in Carrboro, NC  Cup was purchased from World Market.

Refill with delicious Joe Van Gogh Organic coffee at Weaver Street Market, our local Co-op  in Carrboro, NC  Cup was purchased from World Market.

Four Facts About Plastic:

1. Americans throw away 25 billion cups each year (363 millions pounds of waste) and using a ceramic mug is associated with 30 times less solid waste and 60 times less air pollution than the equivalent drinks in a disposable or foam cup. 

2. Plastic items contain and leach endocrine disruptors which produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in humans and wildlife according the the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

3. There are 5 areas of floating plastic wastein our oceans, a plastic soup if you will, with the largest being the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, estimated at 386,000 square miles. (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/oct/04/great-pacific-garbage-patch-ocean-plastic-trash)

4. A 2008 Yale study showed BPA cause loss of connection between brain cells. BPA was found in the urine of over 90% of adults tested. 

Sources and more info:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36882799

http://www.carryyourcup.org/get-the-facts

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/great-pacific-garbage-patch/

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/oct/04/great-pacific-garbage-patch-ocean-plastic-trash

"True Green@ Work" McKay, Bonnin, Wallace

Ditch the Plastic Week #2 - Just Say No to the Straw!

Four Facts About Plastic:

1. Eating Fresh Foods not packaged in plastic can reduce your BPA exposure by 50% in just 3-5 days!

2. 50% of plastic is used for single use and remember only 7-8% is recycled in the U.S! (10% is recycled worldwide).

3. Plastic makes up 60-80% of ocean debris.

4. Americans use 500 million drinking straws every day. That’s 175 Billion a year filtering into landfills (environment) and littering our waterways and oceans. o understand just how many straws 500 million really is, this would fill over 125 school buses with straws every day. That's 46,400 school buses every year! (https://www.nps.gov/commercialservices/greenline_straw_free.htm

Single use straws are an easy way to cut down on single use plastic. "JUST SAY NO" to the straw when out at dinner, lunch, or whenever you are offered one. OR purchase these reusable straws and carry them in your purse. They are healthier and will HELP SAVE SEA TURTLES! My mouth burns when I have put a plastic or stainless steel straw in my mouth. These silicone straws have been great for my family and I have had them for 5 years and counting... 

Sources and where to read more!

https://www.nps.gov/commercialservices/greenline_straw_free.htm

http://www.ecocycle.org/bestrawfree/faqs

http://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/pft/2017/4/28/are-drinking-straws-dangerous

 

 

Ditch the Plastic Week #1

Four Facts about Plastic:

1. Only 10% of plastic that is discarded is recycled world wide (8% is recycled in U.S.) 

2. Eating more real food equates to less plastic in our body and in landfill (think leaching and packaging waste). As a scientist stated, "If you don't have any chemicals from plastic you are not living in the modern world."

3. Using less plastic helps limit ocean pollution and helps to SAVE THE SEA TURTLES! 

4. Americans consume more plastic than any other nation (326 pounds per person in 2010)

Weekly Tip to Reduce Plastic! Use glass and stainless steel containers for food storage. Ditch the Ziploc bags and containers. I use these glass storage bowls for leftovers and food storage: Pyrex Glass bowl set with lids. I also use this Glasslock set, also available at Costco sometimes: Glasslock 14-Piece Oven Safe Box Set with Lids. Stainless steel is a good lighter weight option, but at home I prefer glass due to zero leaching.  I use various stainless steel containers for packed lunches. This one is great for a sandwich or quesadilla or salad and 2 snacks: Lunch Bots Trio. These pair great with: Stainless Steel Nesting Containers great for snacks. 

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Bento Box Container:


Sources and More information:

Plastic Purge: How to Use Less Plastic, Eat Better, Keep Toxins Out of Your Body, and Help Save the Sea Turtles! by Michael SanClements

http://saferchemicals.org/

https://www.livescience.com/32232-can-plastic-bottles-make-you-sick.html

 

 

 

Simple ways to ditch plastic: weekly tips

Reducing plastic use can feel overwhelming, especially since in many ways it is more convenient and cheaper in the short term. However, there are many reasons to ditch plastic. Starting next week I will focus on one way to ditch (or reduce) plastic each week. I will briefly discuss the "why" and "how" to switch out plastic for reusable eco-friendly and healthier options! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the weekly switch from this to that! I have chosen to present one product each week to give you time to incorporate the change! I would love to hear stories about your switch! Hope you will join us!