Archive for the ‘Plastic’ Category

What can I do?

So tonight’s article is inspired in part by a science project my son is doing for school where he’s counting the number of plastic, paper and reusable bags that people use at our local grocery store over a thirty minute period for the next couple of weeks.

The other part of the inspiration is the article entitled “Plastic pollution seems like such an overwhelming problem. What can I do? by   over at the Grist. Now while the count was a little disappointing:

Plastic 249, Paper 34 and Reusable 33

The article however, at least for me, is just another example of what can be done if we all do our part.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

 

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Ecosystems

So While I’m aware of ecosystems, and probably more of those on land, I must say I’ve never heard of a neuston. It is, as this article states, a zone that is just above and below the water’s surface.

The article is entitled “The neuston is a floating ocean ecosystem, and our plastic cleanup push could threaten it” by Starre Vartan  over at the Mother Nature Network. After reading the article, I realized I was sort of familiar with this ecosystem before, I just didn’t know it had a name.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Everyone can make a difference

So reading this article tonight made me feel like I don’t do enough but then I realized if we all do our own part. For me, it’s reducing the plastics in my life while for this grandmother, she’s helping to clean up the beaches of the British Isles.

The article is entitled “This grandmother spent 2018 cleaning up British beaches — and she’s not done” by Michael d’Estries  over at Mother Nature Network. After reading this article, I’m thinking maybe I can do a little more.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Paper, not plastic straws

So with my desire to begin to remove plastic from my life, I’ve decided to start with plastic straws. Maybe a couple of weeks ago, I saw paper straws for sale in one of our two local grocery stores. So now with this article tonight entitled “UK Burger King Bans Plastic Straws ” by Sami Grover over at the Treehugger, I’m feeling a bit ambitious.

What I would like to do is write a letter to both of our local groceries stores to see if they’ll stop carrying plastic straws. You see I purchased a set of metal straws for my family a while ago, so maybe this is the next logical step. I’m also thinking about starting a petition over on the Care2 website. I’ll let you know.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

 

Strawless in St. Louis

Okay it’s not as catchy as strawless in Seattle but it’ll do. So I’ve been trying to go strawless for a while now and I will admit it’s not easy as I thought it would be. Tonight though, I just decided to put one of my metal straws in my work bag.

Anyway, if you need some motivation, check out my earlier post entitled Plastic straws. You can also check out this article entitled “Seattle Fights for Sea Animals by Going Strawless for September” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger. It’s not easy but it is worth it. Check out some of the statistics in the article.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

Plastic straws

As I think I’ve mentioned before, my use of plastic is something I’m trying to reduce. First with plastic bags and now with straws. So when I came across this article over at the Washington Post, it only reinforced that idea.

The article is entitle “A Campaign to Eliminate Plastic Straws is Sucking in Thousands of Converts” by Darryl Fears. I will warn you however, the video of a straw being pulled out of a Sea Turtles nose is kind of gross. At the same time, you get the idea of what we’re doing to our planet and with Sea Turtles being one of my favorite animals, it was hard to watch.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

Plastic, plastic, plastic

I posted about this before, like the yogurt container found recently on a beach that while it was over forty years old, looked like it was maybe a few months old. Check out my post entitled 40 years  for the whole story.

Now that I read this story, just another one on the topic of plastics, I need to take the next step after reducing my use of plastic bags to stop using straws, plastic lids and maybe even start carrying a reusable mug wherever I go.

Oh yea, the article I read this time is entitled “With all Our Amazing Technology, Why Do Single-Use Plastics Still Exist” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger. Thank you Katherine!

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian