Reduce your use of disposable plastics
And then there’s the core focus of our conversation with Michael: food packaging. There are a lot of staggering numbers around plastic. About 335 million tonnes of plastic are produced each year, with 13 million tonnes entering the ocean every year. By 2050, by mass, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. So what’s to be done? You probably remember the Recycling R’s (reduce, reuse, refill, and recycle) from elementary school, but one of the biggest things you can do to tackle plastic waste is to tack a fifth R on to the list — refuse. Cut off demand and refuse straws, bags, and any other single use plastic product you can.
Or, as Michael championed to us, you could do all of the above. You can shop at a grocery store that carries waste free products, emphasizes products compatible with a plant based diet, and works with local and organic producers.
And as much as you can, walk rather than drive to the store.