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Creative Director and Co-founder, Plastic Pollution Coalition

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How do we reduce single use and disposable plastics in our package, production and supply streams and move towards a sustainable world?.

Our use of single use and disposable plastics has spiraled out of control.
Our Ocean has become a plastic soup.
How do we turn off the faucet and move away from this careless use of plastics?
How do we reduce disposable plastics and the exposure to the toxins that leach from these into our bodies and the environment and our Oceans?
We are looking for solutions...

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  • Apr 25 2011: My town recycles "1" and "2" plastics. But all the others we have to throw away.
    What are the attributes to the different grades? Which ones are easier to reuse? If plastic is made from oil, Why can't we burn it to make electricity?
    I buy yougurt. It comes in "5" plastic containers. I wash and save them figuring I will find a use for them at some point. I do not buy Yoplait as the container does not stack.
    When you take paper over plastic you are getting a heavier,bulkier, product that takes more fuel to ship. When you "reuse" bags to pick up after your dog you are still throwing them away and adding doggie discharge in the landfill as well. You could use paper and dig a hole. If you do not have a place for the waste, you should not have the animal that generates it.
    As for sorting garbage: Where are all the unemployed? How about the prisoners? I think the prisoners should have a long bicycle generating machine they all sit on and pedal, generating electricity for the rest of us. The unemployed should sweep the streets, shovel the snow, rake leaves, mow lawns, etc. Show up to "job duty" and get your "slip" for the day to turn in for food or shelter. This would reduce out state workers and town employees. Single mothers should be housed in dorms and split up the duties, ie 3 can cook, 3 can clean, 3 can watch the kids, and the rest can work or go to school.

    Am I too radical?

    Chris
    • Apr 27 2011: "When you "reuse" bags to pick up after your dog you are still throwing them away and adding doggie discharge in the landfill as well. You could use paper and dig a hole. If you do not have a place for the waste, you should not have the animal that generates it."

      A plastic shopping bag is made from one small drop of liquid. It's contribution to the landfill is so small as to be irrelevant. (In my city, 80%+ of landfill trash is construction materials.) The dog poop inside the bag decomposes within a few days of the bag decomposing. The typical supermarket bag is already made with recycled plastic and starts to break down within about three months of burial. You can't use a paper bag because the plastic bag acts as both the glove for picking up and the container for what gets picked. Try that with a paper bag.

      The focus of reduce-reuse-recycle nazis on supermarket bags is utterly misplaced. They are a trivial part of the problem. Banning them or charging a nickel apiece is just a way for meddlesome liberals to feel sanctimonious while avoiding the real problem.

      BTW, you can burn plastic for fuel. I saw something recently. You'll have to Google it because I forget where I saw/read about it.

      In my area, the sorting of recyclables is done by learning-disabled people. (Is that the PC phrase?)
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        Apr 28 2011: Revett, would it be possible for you to provide us with the source of your statistic "80%+ of landfill trash is construction materials?" I am very curious. Thank you!
        • Apr 29 2011: I said IN MY CITY, 80% of landfill trash is construction waste. It was reported in the local paper about two months ago. If I remember correctly, it was in an interview with the chief trashman (whatever he is called!) I have no idea whether the statistic applies to other places.

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