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Since it is virtually indestructible, plastic becomes a major long-term waste concern for our natural environment. The United States plastic industry annually produces 80 billion pounds of plastic. Unfortunately, even with our recycling efforts, over 60 billion pounds of plastic ends up as garbage each year. Another concern regarding continued dependence upon plastic products is their composition of gas and oil, nonrenewable resources.
If you take notice of the roadside, you're almost sure to see plastic bags. Sadly, plastics find themselves spread all throughout our waterways and land masses. So, what can we do to reduce all of this plastic waste?
One place to start is by not purchasing or using plastic when possible. While shopping, take shopping bags with you. Best to keep a supply stored in the car, or on your bike rack, so they're ready for use when you are. If you do find yourself using plastic, consider how it might be reused or recycled. We like to wash out plastic sandwich bags and reuse them. They simply need to be turned inside out to dry. Plastic shopping bags can be recycled at a number of stores.
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Let's all do what we can to reduce, reuse and recycle plastics. AND, if you really want to be a purist, use cash instead of plastic for all of your purchases!