Plastic is a big worry for me both from a health and ecological point of view. Plastics give off fumes, can leach chemicals into your food and water, can pose a serious health risk for birds and animals (they eat it and choke or get it caught in their intestines), doesn’t easily degrade in landfills and uses petroleum and a lot of energy in manufacturing. But plastic is ubiquitous. Every week my recycle bin is overflowing with plastic bottles and packaging.
A woman named Beth Terry believes we can live without plastic and tells us how to do it in her blog My Plastic-free Life. Some of her suggestions would take some real commitment like taking your own non-plastic containers to the deli counter. But others, like carrying your own shopping bags and using a stainless steel water bottle instead of plastic, are easy to do. If you are as perplexed about plastic as I am, Ms. Terry’s Plastic-free Guide is very helpful