You might not have expected to hear this over at a plastic boycott blog but there are a lot of plastic products I have no intention of giving up.
Using plastic to make one-use, throwaway objects that then become everlasting litter is dumb and I hate it when plastic is used to make a product for which there is a viable, natural, longer-lasting, better wearing alternative such as metal mop buckets, cotton shirts and wooden spade handles.
We boycott non-biodegradable plastics used to make throwaway and semi-disposable items. This includes
- Plastic wrapping, bags, packaging and bottles
- Trashy items that have a limited lifespan
- Plastic items for which there is a viable natural alternative including synthetic fibers, fabrics and leathers.
- Any other plastic that sneaks in or just irritates us – see a full list here.
However there are still some plastics we use
There are some plastics I have no intention of giving up. My computer obviously. Just to be clear, I don’t dislike plastic, I dislike the misuse of plastic. There are many good reasons to use plastic but it has to be used properly.
I use plastic products when
- Plastic Is Best – the best material for the application and has been used to make long lasting high quality durable and essential products.
- Plastic That Cuts Plastic – when using plastic reduces the use of plastic.
- Greener plastics.
- Weak Willed – there is no alternative and I am weak.
- Medical plastics.
Plastic Is Best
Strong, durable, light weight, long-lasting and cheap, plastics are integral to the development and production of products that have changed the world for the better. Furthermore to replace all plastic products with” natural” alternatives would place a huge strain on the environment.
I use plastics when I think they are the best option but I have strict guidelines for how I use them. I will only use long-lasting, high-quality, durable products that are essential. Ideally they will be made from a safe and easily recyclable plastic that is clearly marked as such. Better still they will be made from recycled plastic.
And of course ones mans essential is another mans frippery. It’s an ongoing debate.
Check out the plastic we use here.
Plastic that cuts plastic
Making plastic free products where the ingredients come plastic packed or buying in bulk to cut packaging. Both of which represent a massive reduction in plastic consumption compared to buying ready made –you can read more about my plastic compromises here
I am happy to use certified compostable plastic and use numerous PLA plastic products.
Weak Willed & Family Unity
There are some plastic wrapped foods and booze ( plastic lined tonic tins, plastic corks in wine) I cannot give up. But by continuing to campaign for real disposable packaging I am hoping that one day I will be able to eat these things guilt free. You can see the plastic food we eat here and the plastic booze (and some great alternatives), here.
Rather than boycotting all plastics I believe we should be discussing
• How to produce greener plastics in a manner less damaging to the environment,
• What we choose to use plastic for
• How we harvest and reuse all the components, including plastic, at the end of a product’s life.