Plastic use: moving towards sustainable practices

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Lucy Janovitz

Aug 13, 2020, 12:53:20 PM8/13/20
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Plastic: one of the most widespread and commonly used materials. Plastic is used for the packaging of our food, toiletries, and other goods, as well as the production of most modern day appliances. Plastic is everywhere. While it has served many practical uses, it is wreaking havoc on our environment-- polluting our oceans, piling up in landfills, and negatively impacting all forms of life. Our plastic usage is unsustainable, and moving forward, it is crucial that we make drastic changes in our behavior.

Hello everyone! It’s Lucy, here to share my final post of the summer. 

This month, I thought I would address a topic that affects everyone: plastic. It’s not easy to avoid the use of plastic, as it is found in most household and everyday objects. While many reusable plastic products are available, single-use plastic items are mass-produced and widely used. This is particularly true during the age of COVID-19, with restaurants and other businesses providing customers with single-use plastic utensils, bags, and more. Most of the plastic we "recycle" ends up in landfills or in our oceans, and it can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. 

While it may seem daunting, there are simple ways to limit your plastic consumption and practice sustainable behavior. The Green Education Foundation (GEF), a non-profit organization focused on sustainable solutions through education, published this article, which highlights useful tips on how to reduce your plastic footprint. Check it out below!

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