We all know that plastics have become a major problem for the birds in the air and the fishes in the sea. Plastics never deteriorate and tend to be colorful and attractive. There are many sites around the planet where you can find lots more information about the negative aspects of plastics. Following are my personal plastic pet peeves. 4 ps 🙂
A few years ago, I was walking on the Coast Guard Pier in Monterey and I saw a sea gull all tangled in some plastic wrapping, string-like stuff, possibly fishing line or soft-drink container material. The bird could not get out of the stuff, it was behind a locked fence, and every time I tried to get close, it moved away. There was nothing I could do, except feel sick.
I vowed to always cut any circles I find in plastics I use, to always pickup any loose fishing line I run into, and to never forget that image.
Time marches on. One day two of my grand-daughters were visiting and we went out to lunch. The waiter brought straws. They had a fit, and said “No straws please”. They reminded me that we only use straws once and then they get thrown away. Most straws produced these days are plastic! The lesson I learned from them is that things we use only one time should not be made of plastic! And if they are, we should refuse to use them. Here are a few of those items.
If the straws are made of paper, fine, use them. If made of plastic, speak up and say no.
I love Starbucks coffee. But those damned stoppers are really just a one-time use, live-forever, kind of thing. What is even worse, if you get a coffee at the drive up window and the stopper is already in and you tell them to remove it, they will toss it in the garbage can! Please say “No stopper” when you order.
Milk cartons have two types of opening: all carton, or with a plastic opener. Guess what — the plastic opener has a little pull-tab that has a ring on it. Small birds can get caught in that ring! Cut the thing.
The other day, I bought a jar of relish. I wasn’t paying attention and grabbed the cheapest item on the shelf. When I got home, I realized the jar was made of plastic. Damn. I made a mental note to always buy the glass jars! They might cost a bit more, but so what. The savings just isn’t worth the potential harm the plastic jar will cause.