Plastic — Reuse

Last week my blog post was about plastic, and how it is harming our oceans. I personally am a big recycler, and have been for years, but I also try to reuse as much as I can. 

What to do with plastic bottles

I can’t tell you the last time I bought plastic storage bags. I thoroughly wash them, and reuse them over and over again until they will no longer hold their contents, then I recycle them. I am fortunate enough that what my city doesn’t pick up, which is plastic numbers  one through seven, I can take to the next city over to their recycling center, and they will take everything plastic. I reuse plastic containers to freeze foods, or send leftovers of dinner party foods home with my friends hoping they, too, will reuse that container.

greece_life_preserverI am a follower if Pam Longobardi, who is a professor  of art at Georgia State University.  Not only does she reuse plastic in her art, but she is the founder of The Drifter’s Project, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to cleaning the beaches around the world of plastic.

I think, so far, the best reusable use of plastic is a home, and not just a home, but a floating  artificial island built in Mexico by British artist Richart “Rishi” Sowa. His first Island was destroyed by a hurricane in 2005; a replacement, Joyxee Island, has been open for tours since 2008 in the waters of Isla Mujeres, the “Island of Women,” near Cancun. It opened for tours in August, 2008. The whole island is made from trash, and is self contained. Enjoy this wonderful video while you think of ways to reuse your plastic.