The blog formerly known as   Fake Plastic Fish
February 27, 2008

We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Blog Posts…

I was happily surprised this morning to discover that this blog has been added to Blogger’s list of Blogs of Note which means that it appears on the front page and dashboard of Blogger for 10 days, available to anyone who logs on to their Blogger account. This was completely unexpected and welcome. And what’s even more unexpected is that at 9pm, as I write this, Fake Plastic Fish has already received 6 times more visitors than it ever has before, and the night isn’t over.

So welcome to the new visitors to this blog. Fake Plastic Fish is my attempt to live sustainably by significantly reducing my plastic consumption and plastic waste, from carrying my own bags when shopping to drinking from a reusable metal water bottle to using solid shampoos and lotions instead of those bottled in plastic. Each week I photograph and tally my plastic waste. The amount has gone down a lot since I first started, but as you can see from the following picture, even someone like me who is trying very hard can still end up surrounded by plastic. It’s everywhere! (This photo represents the first six months of plastic collected.)


So what’s wrong with plastic? Many things. It’s made from petroleum. It never biodegrades. It pollutes our oceans and causes harm to marine animals. And chemicals from plastic can leach into our own food and damage our bodies. Here’s a summary of the main problems that plastic causes.

So what can we do about it? Here’s a list of plastic-free changes that I’ve made so far. Is this an issue that you care about, and if so, how are you dealing with plastic in your life? Does it bother you? Do you think individuals can make a difference? What are some solutions?

I’ll get back to the posts I had originally planned tomorrow. This was a good night for me to take a break anyway, as for two nights in a row I’ve only slept about 4 hours each, so I’m a little brain-dead right now. Please, talk amongst yourselves!
 

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46 Comments on "We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Blog Posts…"


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Moving Forward
7 years 2 months ago

I recently moved to LA and live in a condo… it is amazing to me that they do not provide a method to recycle. they have only one dumpster for all of the trash. If it is really as important as the government wants us to believe, they need to make it easier than forcing me to separate it and then driving it to a recycle center. I was recently in Seattle at Microsoft… there were recycle boxes outside EVERY office. WOW what a difference!

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Lauren Chong Sng
7 years 2 months ago

FABULOUS blog and have you bookmarked now. Also, because of your blog, today I’m sewing (TMI WARNING) pantyliners, rather than buying anymore containing plastic. Found you thru Blogs of Note — congrats!

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BeCcA-B33
7 years 2 months ago

Please Read My Blog And Comment

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jared
7 years 2 months ago

Clicked on your blog on the blogs of note. I found it really informative. Thanks!

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Shadows of the goddess designs
7 years 2 months ago

very interesting blog :) Saw you on bloggers list . YOU have helpeed me become more aware of the plastic use in my life.

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Jun Nee
7 years 2 months ago

I’m scared of fish =[
Cos I got dropped into the sea when I was really young by accident. Or mayb Im just scared of the ocean and everything in it O_O Gratz on the good work tho ^^

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Lynn from organicmania.com
7 years 2 months ago

Beth, congrats on this nice bit of attention! Well deserved!

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dh4j
7 years 2 months ago

Great and inspiring blog. I’m so glad you were featured– congrats–and I had a chance to visit. I must become better and more aware and people like you make it happen! Thanks…

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Moon
7 years 2 months ago

We too, are trying to be as green as we can. I try to only use my oven when I have a “full load.” Cooking a few different items at the same time.

Keep up the good work, I love the suggestions for conservation.

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AnOldiebutagoodie
7 years 2 months ago

I really like your site. I don’t have long to look today but I will be back and I noticed you did ask for a comment.

You also include a lot of interesting links and you’ve mentioned a lot that I must admit I had not given thought to before.

keep blogging!

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techie_chick
7 years 2 months ago

Good News! M&S in the UK have announced that they will be charging for plastic bags. See more here. They’re at the top-ish end of the UK food market cost-wise, but it’s definitely a start. Speculation has it that other stores will follow suit.

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Alexi George
7 years 2 months ago

Great blog! Keep up the good work.

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ALMOST MRS AVERAGE
7 years 2 months ago

Hey FPF, congratulations! I just popped into Blogger and saw you in the line up….that’s just brilliant…keep it up ;-D

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CindyW
7 years 2 months ago

Great job Beth!!! That’s awesome. More people need to avoid using plastic products/packaging. Better yet, companies need to reduce plastic consumption. Perhaps they should subscribe to this blog

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Melissa
7 years 2 months ago

Thank you for you informative blog. I teach my boys to recycle and to be Eco-minded and Eco- friendly. Education is so important and I will be using your blog as a resource for me and my family. Thanks again.

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Freya
7 years 2 months ago

Hi, I just stumbled across your blog as it appeared on the blogs of note list. I think your efforts in reducing plastic waste are extremely commendable…it would be good if the supermarkets would follow your lead and change their packaging!

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Andrew Glazebrook
7 years 2 months ago

I’m glad to see I’m not the only one collecting plastic junk,I posted this on one of my blogs last Oct Plastic Junk
It really narks me when I see all this packaging getting binned, I’ve always tried to collect and re-use stuff that would otherwise be thrown away.

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R2K
7 years 2 months ago

Great idea for a great blog! Visit me some time and say hi!

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SootsandArya
7 years 2 months ago

We very happi 4 u & ur blog of note. Next maybe u get Macarthur jeenyus grant! 1 millyun bux buyz much nom noms 4 kittehz!

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Dianne G.
7 years 3 months ago

I love your site and love your commitment to the environment. I have reciently started making re-useable grocery bags out of previously loved t-shirts and would love to get your opinion on them. My blogspot is http://www.t-shirtbags.blogspot.com and my e mail is zoeydianne@gmail.com thanks so much for your time and keep up the encouragement for all of us to go green! Dianne G. from Idaho