Green Team Happenings: July 2018

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Plastic!!!

We use it all the time: bottles of shampoo and liquid detergent, medical equipment and medication bottles, plastic plates and glasses and the Tupperware that we don’t know if we can live without.

And every time we shop we come with a few more bags of all sizes that we don’t use even a second time. The world is at a turning point in our fight against single-use plastics that contaminate our shores, oceans, and waterways.

We often say we will throw something “away” but there is no “away” when it comes to plastic. It lasts forever!! Earlier this year a project examined the water and snow in Antarctica and found that 7 of 8 seawater samples had at least one microplastic fiber per liter. This was found in one of the most remote and pristine habitats on the planet, home to penguins and whales. It is now polluted with plastic. Many of these microfibers are coming from the cosmetics and cleansers that we use,
as well as the break down of larger pieces. The documentary, “Plastic Paradise” highlights the plastic that is washed up on Midway Island and the effect on the environment there and on marine live and the sea birds. There are many ways that we can learn about this concern as we become more aware. Let’s learn and then make some new decisions!!

It is time for the “Choose to Refuse: Plastic Free July” challenge again.
Some of us did it last year and learned a lot about how difficult it is to
avoid single use plastics. The awareness of how much plastic we use
each day can be followed by one or two actions that will begin to change
how your household does things. When enough of us do so, this will
change the world.

You can access the website to sign up for challenge
and receive lots of ideas with the following website: http://
www.plasticfreejuly.org.

This challenge started in Western Australia and has grown to 200 countries and millions of participants. We can support some of the companies that have made changes or encourage local stores to make changes. At restaurants ask for no straws, and for compostable carryout bags. Compliment those that are already doing so. Carry your own shopping bags to other than grocery stores. Refuse those little bags that we don’t need.

Let the Green Team know about the changes that you have made. Challenge yourself to learn and grow in this area of your life. 

The problem can feel overwhelming. We can start with remembering with the Psalmist that “The Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all that live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters”. As we seek to change our habits, this can also be a new way to serve our God.