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'Great Garbage Patch': 20 Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Consumption


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Agnes
- 2718 days ago - telegraph.co.uk
The plastic debris in the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" has killed millions of birds and other marine animals. Here are 20 ways to reduce your plastic consumption.



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Marti Williams (170)
Saturday January 8, 2011, 12:26 pm
Thanks...I try to do as many as I can...
 

linda b (186)
Saturday January 8, 2011, 6:00 pm
Great info Agnes, i try and use as little plastic as possible, but i do wish this horrible stuff would be banned. Thanks Agnes.
 

Fiona O (565)
Sunday January 9, 2011, 3:11 am
Thank you, Agnes. I am aiming at not using plastic at all.
 

KS Goh (0)
Sunday January 9, 2011, 4:53 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Mike H (252)
Sunday January 9, 2011, 6:22 am
Humans are trashing the planet
 

Carol H (229)
Sunday January 9, 2011, 7:44 am
thanks Agnes, noted
 

Denise P (65)
Sunday January 9, 2011, 9:40 am
It's so difficult nowadays not to buy anything that isn't packaged in plastic. Even buying loose fruit and vegetables poses a problem as most of it has to be weighed and you have no option but to pop it into a plastic bag for weighing. Wish we could go back to the good old days when we used brown paper bags and carboard boxes........
 

. (0)
Sunday January 9, 2011, 9:46 am
great! thanks, bookmarked to page as a remember ;)
 

. (0)
Sunday January 9, 2011, 9:54 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Krasimira B (175)
Sunday January 9, 2011, 12:16 pm
Noted with thanks.
 

Ann L (15)
Sunday January 9, 2011, 12:51 pm
Thanks. Noted and FB
 

. (0)
Sunday January 9, 2011, 1:11 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Mary T (178)
Sunday January 9, 2011, 1:26 pm
Noted, thanks
 

Jacqueline Lavanchy (42)
Sunday January 9, 2011, 1:41 pm
Noted, thanks ! It's quite easy to make cloth bags from old sheets for example, I've done quite a few that are really useful and very nice to look at, for a lot of purposes, but especially to weigh vegetables in the market. It's catching, slowly people around me make them as well and use them. I also bought an ONYA backbag, they're made out of recycled bottles and come in nice colors. You can fold them in tiny little pouch that you can carry anywhere. It's worth having a look at their stuff : www.onyabags.co.uk .
 

Sylvia Walker (18)
Sunday January 9, 2011, 1:58 pm
I try as much as I can to ban plastic in my life,
 

Anna Borsey (66)
Sunday January 9, 2011, 3:13 pm
I despise all modern plastics, everything that is made from oil, especially pvc! This is an environmental catastrophy of gigantic proportions.

I try not to use any plastics at all, but it is not always possible, in cases where one has no choice or no influence.

Noted.
 

Josh Townsend (34)
Sunday January 9, 2011, 5:05 pm
Very very cool
 

Susan S (187)
Sunday January 9, 2011, 5:35 pm
These tips are so practical. The one about buying laundry detergent in boxes rather than liquid detergent in plastic containers is great. Also, yogurt containers and other small containers like mini-puddings etc. can be avoided (and if you have to buy yogurt one large is preferable to several small because it can also be reused for leftovers). Thanks.
 

Liliana D (125)
Monday January 10, 2011, 3:50 am
Noted, thanks for the post Agnes.
 

Alice C (1797)
Monday January 10, 2011, 5:52 am
Thank you Agnes ~ Have a wonderful week !
will share : )
 

j C (63)
Monday January 10, 2011, 10:19 am
We do what we can, and have managed to reduce our consumption quite a bit. Some plastics are nearly impossible to avoid, however. At least, I can say most of the plastic that makes it into our home is recyclable.

What I really wish is that most of my neighbors would make at least a little effort to reduce their waste and to recycle what they can. Sadly, many don't appear to notice or appreciate their impact.
 

Jere W (9)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 10:58 am
Noted thanks
 

Jeannette A (137)
Wednesday January 12, 2011, 11:22 pm
I really appreciate the ideas. Lately i have found myself in the store looking for items that do not use plastic to seal them. Some suppliers have become very clever in using paper packaging that includes little or no plastic.
 

. (0)
Sunday April 3, 2011, 5:32 pm
Useful tips.
 

Jeannette Strate (0)
Wednesday May 18, 2011, 8:50 pm
Every little bit helps and adds up to a lot when we all work together.
 
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