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I was watching an old old movie last night supposedly filmed on the Tennessee river, the water was clear and clean looking and could not stop thinking about a story on the local news not long ago that said the Tennessee river is the most polluted on earth contaminated with plastic mostly from broken down plastic bags. seems that here in the lower 48 one of the growth industries is plastic, plastic everything. and now everyone and their brother wants a 3d printer, more plastic to make more plastic stuff. even the latest greatest fast food containers that were supposed to be compostable plastic are now found to be highly toxic.
is there really anyway to get plastic out of our lives?
 
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I think, as individuals, we can make a difference.  I cannot directly control the plastic my neighbor uses.  I can control the plastic I use. I can indirectly influence the plastic my neighbor uses.  I was shopping for an appliance yesterday that is normally made of plastic.  I found one made of metal.  I researched the product and company.  I will be buying it.  In the process, I will have eliminated an added plastic product in my home. I will have benefited a company that uses less plastic.  I will have benefited the company selling it.  And, however minutely, I will have weakened companies making a similar product of plastic. I do not see plastic as evil. I do have problems with the misuse of it.....and the over use of it.  
 
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I try to reuse as much of the plastic I use and the ones I find from my neighbors as possible.

I use them to grow plants. Recently grew corn to harvest in a stack of plastic bottles.

https://youtu.be/8YAV_k_9n80
 
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There are many things that we  can do over time. One is to make and use beeswax wraps instead of plastic bags for food.  Another is to reuse fabric bags at the grocery store.
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I m a beginner I started to reduce my plastic waste and I stopped using disposable coffee capsules I bought reusable capsule 2 months ago and I very satisfied 😊
https://www.edenlly.com/kitchen/stainless-steel-nespresso-capsule.html
 
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