Every weekend we bring you a list of links that inspire, inform, and encourage. This week: A boom of new plastics plants in the U.S. will create 40% more single-use, disposable plastics over the next decade, but I’m not down about it. (McDonald’s has something to do with my optimism.)
Plus, get on board with the anti-plastics movement by finding a zero waste store near you or ordering your plastic-free alternatives online.
WHY I’M NOT DEPRESSED THAT 318 NEW PLASTICS PLANTS HAVE BEEN STARTED IN THE US SINCE 2010.
Experts estimate there will be 40% more single-use, disposable plastics (think bottles, cartons, and containers) produced in the United States over the next decade.
We already make a ton of plastic. (The amount produced globally each year is roughly the same as the entire weight of humanity.)
It sounds hopeless. But I think there’s something we can do about it.
Why the optimism?
BECAUSE MCDONALD’S PLANS TO MAKE ITS PACKAGING 100% GREEN BY 2020
Yep. My hope comes from the maker of the Big Mac.
The fast food giant will eliminate foam packaging by the end of 2018, and by 2020 will convert all of its packaging to renewable materials. McDonald’s isn’t making these massive global changes out of the goodness of its corporate heart. It’s doing it because customers asked for it.
As consumers, we have the power to change the system. What we buy matters. Where we shop matters. We can’t all afford to shop sustainably in every area of our lives, but even small changes to our shopping habits add up.
Want to get involved in the anti-plastics movement? Find a zero waste store near you with this state-by-state guide to zero waste grocery shopping. (And don’t worry if your city isn’t included – we have plenty of zero waste grocery tips for people with no co-op in sight.)
You can also find tons of plastic-free alternatives to common household products at this online shop.
What sustainable alternatives are you looking for? Do you have a question about a green product you’d like answered before you buy it? Let us know! Chances are someone in our community has tried it and can help you out.