The myth of “disposability;” refuse all single-use plastic
January 29 2011 | Jim's Blog,
If we use anything that's disposable we've failed.
Disposable goods are anything but disposable.If we're given a fork and told "it's ok, it's compostable", let's take it home and throw it in the compost bin and see how long it takes. How many years will it take for that fork to break down in our backyard? That plastic salsa package may leave your hand in five minutes but chances are it's still going to exist... in a landfill or our oceans... for a very long time, perhaps forever. Here's the action. Refuse anything and everything that is disposable. Yes, that isn't anything close to easy and no it doesn't stop with plastics. All of us should make the connection that using disposable anything is failing. I've been told more than a few times that "reduce, reuse, recycle" is in order of priority. If we find ourselves recycling it's only because we've failed at reducing what we're using and then failed again at reusing that item. To recycle is to fail at the first two... it's not bad but it's certainly not something to boast about. I'm suggesting that we push "refuse" into that mix. There are a myriad of optionsfor us to make this work: reusable utensils and food containers, eating out less and bringing food from home, getting that next Starbucks in a ceramic mug rather than a paper cup, and the list goes on. We're inventive and resourceful people, let's figure it out. Let's not settle for buying into a disposable lifestyle.