It's ridiculous to see how much plastic is on so many of the products we use these days. I never really noticed the plastic world we live in until a friend of mine decided to make her New Year's resolution a plastic free one. Just look around and all you will see is plastic. Stickers on apples have a plastic coating, the little windows on our mail are plastic, the lining in our canned goods are, well you guessed it, plastic. Plastic, plastic, plastic.
And we have all heard the issues around plastic. BPAs lead to cancer; there's a garbage patch roughly the size of Texas floating around in our Pacific ocean; birds are mistakenly killing their young by feeding them plastic. Today I even read about seven whales that were found washed up as a result of plastic waste that built up in their stomachs. Sadly, the news wasn't surprising — I have done enough shoreline cleanups to say that one of the most commonly found materials is plastic.
So often I get asked what we can do about these issues. The David Suzuki Foundation has given Canadians helpful tips about recycling, using reusable bottles and totes, but it is going to take more than this, Canada. With a shift in our values, we could approach the problem from the root rather than just finding just a band aid solution. I personally have been encouraged to consume less and to choose the products that I do buy more wisely. I hope that the next time you are shopping you will consider making this shift too.