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Published on July 30th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

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Plastics and Their True Impact

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Plastic might seem like more of a general environmental issue than a food-specific issue, but because of the large amounts of plastics involved in food, from packaging to cooking and storage, our food and drink choices directly relate to our plastic consumption.

The infographic below looks at plastic’s impacts and gives tips on how to reduce your plastic consumption (click for the full version)…

The most powerful tip for reducing the plastics in your life, in my opinion, was to stop buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water a waste of resources (packaging, shipping, energy to bottle, etc), but when we privatize water, we’re putting one of our basic needs in the hands of  huge corporations. Bottled water production is bad for communities, and it’s usually just glorified tap water anyway.

What’s your pet peeve when it comes to plastics? I shared mine, and I’d love to hear yours!

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About the Author

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



  • http://www.mrs4life.com/ Lauren @ MRS

    I agree! And it would be so much cheaper and mostly free, to just always carry water on portable and re-usable containers.

  • http://Web Michelle

    I totally agree about the bottled water. I carry a BPA free camelbak at all times, and find water fountains to fill up whenever I can.

    We have quite the supply of reusable bags as well. We try to frequent the one store in town that doesn’t supply bags. Other stores here do offer bag recycling though.

    One thing I’d like to see less of is plastic toys for kids. It’s hard to find any that aren’t, and more often than not, they just get thrown away after a few months to a year for the newest thing. I’d love to see more handmade wooden toys around- I actually found an etsy shop that makes toddler toys from wood.

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