Plastics, my boy, Plastics...

Remember that as the most famous line from the movie, "The Graduate?"  The rich guy was telling Dustin Hoffman that was definitely the business to get into.  As we mark another Earth Day.. just a couple of reminders about plastics that really surprised me.  There's a certain amount of plastic in the liners of those disposable diapers young moms and dads can't do without.  But did you know it takes 8 ounces of the world's precious crude oil to make only ONE of those diapers?  Over the time your baby grows out of diapers.. the fuzzy feel good lining inside those diapers also disposes of 5 trees on our precious planet.

Every time we go shopping, we hear that question.. "paper or plastic?"  Most of us choose plastic, and are used to feeling those hole handles in our hands with our groceries inside.  I don't have all the figures on plastic bag use in Kansas (maybe you do...) but in California.. each shopper in their state is handed 500 plastic bags a year!  By the time it's all said and done, Californians have deposited another 147,0000 TONS of plastic bags into their state landfills in one year!  

There are so many things you could research about our environment on Earth Day, but those are a couple I found interesting.  The moral of the story is to cut down on the crude, and not cut down on the trees.. explore using cloth diapers to wash, maybe through a diaper service.  And cloth isn't a bad idea on the plastic bag problem either.  Take a few cloth shopping bags with handles into the store with you today and all year.   They're sturdy and won't clog up our landfills.  If you save plastic bags by folding them up and storing them in the pantry.. take some of those with you, at least, and reuse them over and over.  Happy Earth Day!   RH   

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