Break Free From Plastic

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Everyday there is a new report about the world’s terrible problem with plastic pollution. How did we ever get to this point where plastic pollution is everywhere and so harmful? A world summit is needed to manage this problem. The plastic bottle manufacturers need to be held responsible, but all of us are to blame for the amount of plastic we purchase.

Some co-ops and grocery stores have fabulous selections of soaps and oils to refill your bottles

Everyone uses plastic and we are all to blame! Plastic is used and thrown away by the wealthiest and poorest people on our planet. It is almost impossible to avoid. I have been working on reducing my plastic for years and become better every week at eliminating and evaluating what I purchase. Twice a week I take by reusable bottles to food coops and refill with bulk items. I reuse plastic produce bags over and over and think “zero waste” as I shop.

Plastic manufacturers should never been allowed to make a plastic product that might last 500, maybe forever. Elected officials should have put some regulations on them. From Greenpeace: “So what needs to happen is that these changes must come from the top — multinational corporations like Coca-Cola and Nestle need to be held responsible and switch their single-use packaging to more sustainable options, but we also need to acknowledge our responsibility when we choose those products.” Tamara Adame

Say “No” to plastic bags!

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) floating off the coast of California now measures 1.6 million square kilometers (about 1 million square miles), according to a startling new study. It is 16 times larger than previously thought, and growing! To put that into perspective, the clump of trash is about the size of three Frances, or twice the size of Texas.

What are you doing to reduce your plastic pollution??

Businesses and Better Recycling

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Have you ever thought of how strange it is that businesses, that dislike government, also depend on government to pick up their waste? Plastic bottles and packaging are a perfect example of this. Businesses should be responsible for all the waste they generate. I was thrilled to be at a park in Michigan this weekend to see these recycling containers. We need more of this! Coca-Cola also has recycle containers, but they are stingy with them. I have tried to place them in quick stop convenience stores and gas stations without much luck!  All convenience stores in Duluth, Minnesota offer recycle containers because of a government program.  It is a fabulous program, but it should be the responsibility of business.
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Prompt: Blogger In A Strange Land

#Blogging101 Prompt     I just had to say something!

Styrofoam I pulled out of  lakes breaking into small pieces
Styrofoam I pulled out of lakes breaking into small pieces

This past January when I was visiting one of the most beautiful places on earth, the Caribbean, I observed litter that upset me. Yes, I am obsessed with litter and clean water.  Litter along waterways is unacceptable.  The shock was that some local restaurants only served their food in Styrofoam boxes. The Styrofoam boxes were littering the street gutters and shoreline.  I wanted no part of this Styrofoam disaster, and searched for food on real plates.  Often they had to wash plates just for us.

Trash in the Caribbean
Trash in the Caribbean

Why does this upset me? Styrofoam breaks into tiny pieces and no one knows how long it will last in our oceans, maybe forever.  Not good for sea life or ocean health. Styrofoam can be recycled, but it is very hard to find. Manufacturers of Styrofoam as well as Coca-Cola and plastic bottle industry should recycle the harmful products they produce, and we should all avoid Styrofoam and plastic bottles as much as possible.

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We have the Right To Know: What is in the Food we Consume?

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Are you frightened by the incredible power in the United States of big business? They are the only ones with money, and spend millions to keep their power over the consumer.  In this November Oregon referendum, like they have done in other states, big business is spending millions of dollars to keep us from knowing what is in our food.

We should as consumers, know what harmful ingredients our foods could contain. I want the products I purchase labelled if they have GMOs, and if they have been sprayed with harmful chemicals!

According to surveys, 90% of us think our food should be labeled for GMOs, and it is frustrating that large corporations control the message with lies about we eat.  We still have some choices. and as consumers can try to stay away from GMO products.  Our power is in wise consumer choices!

What can you do?

  1. Reduce the amount of processed foods you purchase, and eat REAL food.
  2. Always read labels. soy and corn syrup are GMO products.
  3. Eat organic and local as much as you can afford. Shop food-coops and farmers markets.
  4. Never use neonicotinoids or pesticides on your lawn or garden
  5. Do NOT believe what Monsanto, Bayer, General Mills, Cargill, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and others …..are telling you about chemicals and GMOs. Big business thinks about profit and not what is healthy for you, or our bees, birds and butterflies!
  6. Support the Right to Know Amendment on the Oregon Ballot on Election Day, November  http://oregonrighttoknow.org/        Support them financially if you can:  https://oregonrighttoknow.ngpvanhost.com/form/31251809577535232?ms=E.FR-O-LFW1.ND.NAT.MAIN_CONTRIBUTE-DONATE&AM=35
  7. Watch this Bill Nye video and learn about GMOs,  http://ecowatch.com/2014/10/15/bill-nye-science-guy-gmo-foods/

More Information:

“All-natural” and “heart-healthy” don’t qualify as labels. They’re just food industry hype. Kellogg can claim that its energy bar will make you as strong as Hercules, but only the “Nutritional information” box tells you what’s actually inside the package — and herbicides, pesticides and GMOs aren’t listed.

The certified-organic label, on the other hand, lets you know beyond a reasonable doubt where your food comes from and how it’s made. Plus, you can feel good about supporting a food system that spends a fraction of its capital (human and otherwise) on marketing, packaging, branding, advertising and so on. Your dollar will go to people who put in 12-hour days, seven days a week to improve your health and that of the planet.”  Bonnie Blodgett   http://strib.mn/1xdzUc5  

What are Genetically Engineered Foods / GMOs? 

“Plants or animals that have had their genetic makeup altered to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs.”
From the glossary on the Monsanto website.

“Organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally.” 
World Health Organization

Find more information:

GMO crops are creating a mono culture and wiping out the habitat of our bees, butterflies and birds.  More information: Friends of the Earth  foe.org/monarchs

http://ecowatch.com/2014/09/29/gmo-crops-accelerate-herbicide-insecticide/

http://ecowatch.com/2014/09/29/gmo-crops-accelerate-herbicide-insecticide/?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=80f6754f39-Top_News_10_5_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-80f6754f39-85912169

http://ecowatch.com/2014/09/29/gmo-crops-accelerate-herbicide-insecticide/

http://ecowatch.com/2014/09/29/gmo-crops-accelerate-herbicide-insecticide/?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=80f6754f39-Top_News_10_5_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-80f6754f39-85912169

 

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