• Sherry Fyman

Plastics Free July - You Can Do It!

We've all heard the horror stories. #Whales washing up dead are found to have ingested 50 lbs of plastic. #plasticproblem Once scenic shorelines now collect jaw-dropping amounts of bags, bottles, nets. Scientists from #Greenpeace sailed the #Tyrrhenian Sea, off the Tuscan coast, from May to September 2018 and collected 1.8 tons of waste. "The sea is sending us a cry of alarm, a desperate SOS. We must immediately intervene to save the wonderful creatures that inhabit it" said the environmental organization. #plasticpollution #noplastic

Instead of this

Whales swimming in il Santuario dei Centacei (in the Mediterranean Sea)

We have this

Dead whale covered with plastic.

Yes, we are all moved and horrified at these photos but this year, let's go further.


Italian fisherman found they were up against an unexpected obstacle. In the course of fishing their nets caught tons of #plastics and debris. File this under No Good Deed Goes Unpunished because they were told that they would be responsible for the cost of recycling and disposing of the plastic. Say what? On top of the expense of helping to clean the #oceans? The Italian Parliament is trying to align communal responsibility with common sense.

In the meanwhile.....

Let's change our habits and use of plastic and be part of the solution. Actually, that's what the Plastic Free Foundation based in Australia is asking you to be - Be Part of the Solution and join their worldwide campaign - Plastic Free July. Plastic Free July provides resources and ideas to help you (and millions of others around the world) reduce single-use plastic waste every day at home, work, school, and at your local café. I'd never ask you to do something I don't do myself. Whenever I go out for coffee, I grab my handy dandy covered coffee mug. I can tell you from personal experience, it's only a nuisance until you get into the habit. Then it's just second nature. And coffee tastes WAY better from a mug rather than a paper cup with a plastic lid.

Take a covered mug with you when you go out for coffee and avoid the plastic lid.

Plastic Free July has thought of everything - how to start, how to get involved in your community, how to find alternatives to single use plastic bags.

Hey - alternatives to #plasticbags for shopping! That sounds like a great idea. Here are some from my collection:

Assorted washable, reusable mesh bags. Different sizes make fruit and vegetable shopping easy. Take a couple with you whenever you go out.

Handmade cloth shopping bag. Made for me by my Swedish sister-in-law's mother.

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Urban: lifelong New Yorker - that's the urban part.

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I look forward to the day when the United States will once again rejoin the Paris Climate Accord!