Archive for April, 2010

Foe of Earth: Plastic Bags and Water Bottles

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

We all know by now that plastics are polluting the Earth. I grew up using plastic bags, drinking countless water bottles and throwing away so many plastic ‘things.’ I had no idea where all that plastic was ending up and I didn’t even think about it. Then, a few years ago, with my environmental awareness growing, I came across photos of beaches in countries far away, covered with trash and it was an ugly and very sad sight. This was followed by my discovery of the North Pacific Gyre, a massive swirling toxic horror show of plastic bottles, styrofoam and mini bits of plastic waste, swirling around the Pacific ocean. I wish a big boat could come along and suck it all out of the water…

Recently, I reconnected with an artist friend I had lost touch with many years ago, Dianna Cohen. I was thrilled to see her and find out that she is also anti plastic (especially bags and water bottles) and is one of the founding members of The Plastic Pollution Coalition, a non profit that “provides a platform for strategic planning and coherent communications; increases awareness and understanding of the problem and sustainable solutions; and empowers action to eliminate the negative impacts of plastics on the environment, wildlife, marine life, and human health.” The mission of Plastic Pollution Coalition and mine too, is to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impact on humans, the environment and wildlife worldwide. Please show your support by joining such an invaluable foundation: Plastic Pollution Coalition.

Art work done by Dianna Cohen using recycled plastic bags

You can also make changes in your own life that are effortless: bring your own market bags whenever you go shopping and if you go to the market, use reusable produce bags for all your vegetables and fruit. Keep glass bottles full of lovely free tap water in your fridge, instead of buying plastic water bottles, and use reusable water bottles for school lunches, or whenever you leave the house.  If you don’t know where to find the things I am suggesting, I offer them in my store.

Blue cotton market bag

Blue cotton market bag

Organic cotton reusable produce bag

Organic cotton reusable produce bag

Large and small reusable glass water bottles

Large and small reusable glass water bottles

Reusable Bird water bottle

Reusable Bird water bottle

Reusable Flower water bottle

Reusable Flower water bottle