Happy Earth Day everyone. It’s been a busy weekend, what with the plastic sea monster out and about. I spent several evenings at home braiding plastic bags into a new doo. What do you think? At San Francisco’s Earth Day Festival on 4/20 (probably around 4:20pm), a somewhat wobbly-looking guy with an equally impressive head of hair stared at me for several minutes, then held out a funny kind of cigarette and said very earnestly, “YOU can smoke this.” Really? Is that how I come across these days? I said no thank you and continued on my mission.
That mission? To spread the message that we can refuse disposable plastic! And that there are lots of great alternatives.
Take the Quiz
I also wanted to disabuse people of some common fallacies about plastic. So I asked people to take the Plastic-Free Quiz & Pledge for a chance to win a copy of Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too. The contest is over, but you can still take the quiz for fun.
1) True or False: Most of the plastic in the ocean comes from ships at sea.
2) True or False: A number in the arrows at the bottom of a container means the container is recyclable.
3) True or False: Plastic labeled “BPA-Free” is always safe to eat or drink from.
4) True or False: Airports will not let you bring your own water bottle on a plane.
5) What one change will you make this week to use less plastic?
I can’t give you the answer to number 5, but I can help. How about choosing a alternative from the Plastic-Free Guide? Or collecting your plastic for a week and taking the Show Your Plastic Challenge? How about writing a letter to a company? And while you’re at it, how about signing the petition to urge Trader Joe’s to reduce plastic produce packaging? There’s a lot to be done this week. Get to it!