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I was recently surfing the web and found this really interesting website, Fake Plastic Fish, which will make you rethink your use of plastic. Why start a blog about plastics? The author, Beth Terry, wrote in an email to me the following:
“I was at home recovering from a hysterectomy, and facing the realization that I would never have children. (I had already chosen not to have children several years before, but this surgery brought home to me how final it was.) I was thinking about what I could do to birth something else positive in the world, and it was in that frame of mind that I read the article, “Plastic Ocean,” and my heart just broke. So, at home recovering, I had time on my hands, the desire to make positive change, and the idea that I could do something about plastics in my life after reading that article. It all just came together.”
Reading this email from Beth just tore me apart. My heart hurt for her to feel that finality in her life. At the same time, I was impressed by Beth’s inner strength. Instead of wallowing in her sadness, Beth harnessed all those emotions and created this amazing blog about our plastic consumption.
What is this blog about with a name like Fake Plastic Fish? Beth writes in one of her blog posts:
“But I am not making a vow to give up all plastic this year or any year. My project will be a bit different from some of the more extreme “resolution” blogs out there. Instead, I’m looking at this as more of a learning experience… for me and for anyone who cares to follow this blog. I want to see what the possibilities are, for eliminating plastic waste, sure, but also for alternative uses for plastic that already exists, for ways of recycling and reusing, and for non-plastic substitutions.”
I encourage everyone to read this site. It has really opened my eyes as to our plastic consumption and its effects on our environment. Since reading Fake Plastic Fish’s posts, I have tried to make an effort to not buy plastic that I intend on throwing out. Many plastics you can not recycle in certain areas; so where do they end up? They end up in our landfills or worse yet, litter our world.
Plastic bags have received a lot of negative publicity lately. Read Beth’s post on “Be Careful on the Reusable Bags Bandwagon.” You can find comments about this post on her website. Happy reading.