Six days without plastic? Good luck

  • Article by: KAREN YOUSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 11, 2009 - 3:03 PM

Plastic elastic and other confessions of a plastic sinner who tried, for a few days, to go without.

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hfnorthSep. 11, 09 4:53 PM

Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Benjamin: Yes, sir. Mr. McGuire: Are you listening? Benjamin: Yes, I am. Mr. McGuire: Plastics. Benjamin: Just how do you mean that, sir?

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wecandoitSep. 11, 09 5:05 PM

The author needs a wooden paddle.

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MellersSep. 11, 09 5:34 PM

We're so reliant on plastic, which comes from petroleum. Reminds me of when I saw "King Corn" at the U of M Film Fest-seems like nearly everything we eat has an element of corn in them. Plastic has a lot of good merits (light-weight, convenient) but there are some real issues we need to consider about it. Corn or potato based plastic may be the way to go, but not for a LONG time.

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sdonohuesSep. 11, 09 5:34 PM

I think it is refreshing that Youso has drawn attention to the fact that, while plastics play a huge role in our lives, we use then mindlessly, and thus don't often reflect on what impact they have on our lives and on our planet. However, I would have liked to see her challenge herself (and her readers) to change their habits as consumers. She already purchased her glasses and the laundry soap--but what if next time she went to the store, she selected products with paper packaging, even if they cost more? What if she purchased household detergents in refillable bottles from the co-op? What if she sent off an email to a manufacturer asking for more responsible packaging? She could try to use only her own grocery bags for a month and count the amount of plastic bags she kept out of the landfill. She could opt to buy meat from the butcher's counter wrapped in paper rather than on a shrink-wrapped Styrofoam tray. It seems to me that any of this would have perhaps been a more interesting take on "avoiding" plastic than taking such an idea so literally as actually attempting not to touch it for a few days.

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MellersSep. 11, 09 7:23 PM

I was hoping Karen wrote something to accompany her experiement-it can be found above under "related content" titled: "For a better plastic future."

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jokesterSep. 11, 09 7:39 PM

You exempted plastic dinnerware on day 2 but went until day 6 without brushing your teeth? Ewwwwwww.

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joycelarueSep. 11, 09 8:05 PM

It helps a lot to shop at local Farmer's Markets or co-ops, if you bring your own bag. There is MUCH less plastic in packaging. I have tried Karen's experiment myself more than once, and it's always an utter failure. Just stop buying plastic bags and plastic wrap. It would help immensely if we didn't buy cases of bottled water. Take some steps. I believe every little bit we can do will help. Bring attention to this issue when you can. REFUSE it. Thank you, in advance, for trying.

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dahouseSep. 11, 09 8:24 PM

Well if you didn't know, plastic is a petroleum product. What does that mean? Even if cars are running on electricity, wind, hydrogen or whatever else. We have still become so dependent on oil that we have to come to a realization that we need more oil AND less usage growth.

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ifallsronSep. 11, 09 8:44 PM

You're so spare. Do do you take a look at what you buy? No wonder Joe Soucheray (himself as spare) mocks you.

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ifallsronSep. 11, 09 8:51 PM

Fixit was the last refuge of anything readable in this newspaper. At least it was fact. Now we learn that the trool writer is no more than one of the hoard who would keep DeLasalle from having a football field.

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