Plastic Seriously?

A couple of weeks ago I went to two important events. The first was a book signing by the Food Babe, Vani Hari, and the second was the GYRE conference at the CDC, which was part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) conference. I kind of fit into the technology and math category, but science and engineering are beyond my mental skills.

GYRE means vortex, specifically vortexes in our oceans. There are five GYREs in our oceans that are literally sucking in the waste of our planet. Most of that waste is plastic, which is NOT biodegradable. One of the plastic waste GYREs is larger than the United States. That’s a heck of a lot of plastic.


While at the conference the bill to ban the ban on plastic bags in the stores was before the House in Georgia. And thank the Good Lord, this bill was defeated. Plastic grocery bags are hard to recycle, and only about one percent of all bags are returned for recycling adding them to the waste that goes into our landfills, and/or the ocean only to harm our sea life.

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I, personally, have been using cloth bags for over twenty years when I go shopping—not only in the grocery store, but for all of my shopping. I carry two totes in my pocket book at all times. But, I am just one person. We need the whole of the world to be more conscious of our waste.

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Is it just me who thinks that if we can produce less plastic, we wouldn’t need as much petroleum, which would help in our fuel problem? Most of the plastic in the U.S. is made from natural gas. I’m just saying.

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I am a huge fan of Morgan Spurlock, a West Virginia “homey,” known for the Oscar nominated movie Super Size Me. He currently has a show on CNN called Inside Man. He investigates everything, and I mean everything. I recently watched his show on waste and where it goes. Non-recycled waste lands in a landfill, very little of it is turned into fuel, because it is too expensive to build the plants to do so. Electronics are broken down to be used in other things, but most of it lands in other countries, and not necessarily used for good. Recycled items are reclaimed and repurposed. Glass and metal can be repurposed for ever. Paper can be repurposed up to about five times, but it is biodegradable. But, plastic? Some of it can be repurposed, but it needs to be recycled to do so. Otherwise it eventually lands in the ocean killing our sea life, and I must tell you, I probably won’t be eating much fish anymore.

I can go on and on about this subject, and you will probably see more from me, but in the interest of keeping my blood pressure down. I’ll let it go.

Today’s Recipe:

This is the second time I have made this for Easter dinner. The lamb is simple, it’s the chimichurri sauce that makes it awesome. Click the picture for the recipe.

Roasted lamb with mint chimichurri. Click for the recipe
Roasted lamb with mint chimichurri. Click for the recipe

 

  • Lynn Hennelly

    Yay Renee!!!! Thanks for blogging about plastics and trash. Am going to have to try to watch Morgan Spurlock… wonder if I can stream any episodes on my computer (since I don’t have a tv)… we’ll see.

  • I looked for the whole episodes, but couldn’t find them. Surely they are out there somewhere

  • PS: Share please!