A record of my efforts to live a more sustainable life.

Some Crazy Uses of Plastic!

Today I thought I'd write a quick post highlighting some of the more ridiculous uses of disposable plastic I've seen since starting this plastic-avoiding adventure of mine.

What you see to the left is probably my favourite (least favourite?) example. Those are t-shirts from the souvenir shop at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. They come in plastic tubes. Seriously. I don't even know what more to say about this one...

To the right, witness the plastic resulting from a meal at Salisbury House. This wasn't even take out. I ate inside. As if it wasn't bad enough having to navigate the meat-eaters-oriented menu, my butter and syrup come beside my pancakes in little plastic cartons. As a frame of reference, at other, similar breakfast-specialising restaurants, pancakes usually come with a pile of butter on the plate, and syrup comes in glass jugs.

And last but not least, we have this monstrosity, from Folklorama. Even if you just needed a spoon for your ice cream, you had to take a fork, spoon, knife, sugar packet, and napkin, all wrapped together in a big plastic bag. I chose to eat my ice cream without cutlery instead. Now that's dedication. (Actually it was pretty fun.)

Now it's your turn! Tell us about the worst uses of disposable plastic (or even packaging in general) that you've ever seen.


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Jeleryl Comisky said...

Plastic is used in many things because of its durability and outstanding lifespan. People just need to be informed about the importance of recycling in minimizing non-biodegradable wastes.

LianneLavoie said...

Hi Jeleryl. When plastic is recycled it is actually downcycled into other things, so the vast majority of disposable plastic items have little to no recycled material in them. So while you may have a point on plastic's durability when it comes to long-term use items, there is simply no excuse for disposable plastic items. This is not a problem that can be solved by recycling alone. You also need to consider that a whole lot of disposable plastic is not even recyclable.

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