One Word: Plastics

I have to admit, I think plastic is great. When used correctly this can be a life-saving product ... quite literally. (I'm pretty sure life preservers are plastic. Right?)  So, while this ethical consumer is not anti-plastic, I am anti wasteful plastic consumption.

You see, plastic may be  responsible for saving some lives over the years, but it has also resulted in the deaths of countless marine animals. Read the article "Plastic Ocean" and you'll see what I mean. The giant plastic patch of the ocean is not filled with life preservers or life-saving plastic hospital tubing. Instead it's filled with the more mundane plastic junk we jettison on a daily basis: soda can rings, plastic shopping bags, plastic bottles, etc.

As a result, I aim to reduce my plastic consumption as much as I can. If you'd like to reduce your plastic consumption as well, well, I'll tell you my secrets, but you have to promise to pass them on!!

In my tips for how to reduce plastic when you're out and about I suggest, among other things, keeping some wooden chopsticks in you purse for when you want to eat on the fly. I then covered how to reduce plastics while shopping. My secret there is fairly simple: farmers' markets, farmers' markets, farmers' markets. Oh yeah, and also, shop less! And then, for those of you who are super hardcore, I present my tips for going beyond the basics in reducing your plastic consumption. If you manage to follow all those tips, you'll be my new plastic-lite hero!

Now, I've given you my tips, but what do you think about plastic? Should plastic bags be banned or at least not free? Should we stop producing them altogether as Sara suggests? What place should plastic hold in society? Beth from Fake Plastic Fish and Greg from Plastics.com want to hear from you.

So join in the conversation and let everyone know how you feel about plastics. Are they an ingenious product or a huge problem for anyone attempting to engage in ethical consumption? Or is it something in between? You know what I think, but clearly, you'll have to decide on your own what level of plastic consumption is right for you and your family.