Hey, ya’ll! Will you join in?
From CNN this morning:
From CNN this morning:
From London to New York City and from Perth to Paris, climate activists are taking part in a global climate strike today in what is expected to be the biggest day of climate demonstrations in the planet's history. The Global Climate Strike is the third in a worldwide series of rallies organized by students, led by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg.
Hope the day’s events are as well-attended in rest of the world. I’m definitely on board, because of my grandchildren — I want them to know, when they inherit this tremendous problem from my generation, that I was one of the ones who tried to fix it.
Sadly, there are no events to join within many miles of our home. Maybe that’s the case for others as well. So, I was thinking we could share some ways here that we make the extra effort to help our planet. I’ll start!
As we replace things that wear out, we try to avoid plastic and find materials that are easy to recycle. Here are a few of our choices in the last few years:
Glass and metal hummingbird feeder, wooden matches to replace plastic lighters.
Glass and steel cans instead of plastic, both recyclable in our town, and two of the few materials that are. Alas, the glass jars are starting to come with this outer piece of plastic around the the lid. Why oh why? It’s already sealed inside! The jar is also reusable, handy for storing food in place of plastic “Tupperware”.
Cotton and other natural fiber clothing (right). They can be cut up and composted when the item wears out and they don’t shed dangerous plastic micro fibers in the wash.
Brushes: Outdoor scrub brushes of wood and palmyra palm fiber bristles. We cut them in half to make them last longer and fit the hand better.
Kitchen brushes made of bamboo with plant-based and recycled plastic bristles. (If we ever have to replace these we will get some now available with a replaceable head.)
Toilet brush and nail brush of wood and natural bristles. The bristles of the toilet brush are made of coconut fiber.
Reusable bags — small homemade ones are produce bags, larger shopping bags fold up small, easily carried in my purse. The black one in front is folded up. They hold a ton of stuff. Yogi tea comes in a cardboard package and the teabags have no plastic fibers in them and can be put in the compost. (Did you know most teabags are made with plastic fibers for “strength”? They are not compostable and the plastic chemicals leach into your cup.)
Last — dental floss. 700 million of these little plastic
boxes wind up in the landfills and oceans every
YEAR! This box is made of cardboard. (Recently they have started wrapping the floss on the little (plastic) spool inside the box in a small plastic package! Why oh why??)
Well, those are a few of the attempts we are making to make the world a better place. A proverbial drop in the bucket of waste globally I realize. But what if everyone did the same? Maybe industries and big polluters would take notice, feel the pressure, and change, cumulatively making a huge difference.
If you are interested in sources, most of these things can be found on Amazon but we make an effort to buy them locally first. It takes work to find them, however.
In keeping with Global Climate Strike Day, would you comment and share a few of the things you do that others might be inspired, too?