plas•tic al•ba•tross
(plas-tik lb-tros)

1. The Plastic Albatross is a community-focused campaign that provides helpful information about toxins in PLASTICS and other household products, and how these substances affect our health and environment.

2. We encourage local families, businesses, and organizations to limit their exposure to and consumption of plastic and commonly used toxic chemicals to work toward a toxin-free future!

Mar
16
2010

How To Be Plastic-Free: No Plastic Packaging

When you use a plastic bag to hold your lettuce or buy a bag of noodles encased in plastic packaging, take a moment to think about where that plastic will end up.

Photo: National Geographic

Plastic does not biodegrade and less than 2% of all plastic produced for disposable consumables is actually recycled. Every piece of plastic ever made is still in existence, floating in oceans or collecting in landfill sites, killing wildlife and leaching toxic chemicals into our water and soil.

On your next shopping trip, review the items in your cart and ask this question:

Will this item return to the earth to nourish new life and new growth?

If not, consider making a Plastic-Free Pledge and:

  • Use re-usable muslin bags instead of plastic for your produce.
  • Choose biodegradable or compostable products and packaging over plastic.
  • Buy bulk instead of plastic-packaged convenience items.
  • Bring your own canvas bags to carry your groceries home.


Learn more about your plastic waste from Capt. Charles Moore or watch this excerpt from the documentary Message in the Waves to see where your plastic waste ends up.