Plastic. It’s in so many things we use. Plastic storage containers. Plastic water bottles. Plastic food containers. Plastic bags.
I’m sure you’ve already heard about the problems with certain chemicals in plastic potentially causing harm if ingested. A single piece of plastic may contain up to 30 chemicals that can leach into food. How did they learn these chemicals were harmful? By testing them on animals, of course. So if you won’t use the container to heat or eat in, your beloved dog or cat shouldn’t either.
Plastic materials make up between 60 to 80% of total marine debris, and since plastics last for years and years, it’s not going away without intervention. Tens of thousands of animals are killed each year from ingesting plastic, and those deaths are often slow and painful.
And it’s not just ingesting plastic that can be problematic. Jen buys our food in large bags. Those bags could trap an animal looking for a meal.
So what can I do to reduce the amount of plastics out there harming animals?
Endangered Species International lists ways we can each help:
- Refuse– avoid single-use and disposable plastic products
- Reduce– use less plastic by looking for degradable packaging or buying in bulk
- Reuse– invest in steel or glass containers that can be reused safely
- Recycle– recycle when possible, but keep in mind that not all plastics can be recycled
- Educate with a Smile– nobody wants to be preached at our hounded!
If you must throw away plastic bags, especially food containers, cut them first so they are less likely to trap a wild animals looking for a meal.
What tips do you have to help reduce the amount of plastics that are harming animals?