3 Reasons for Reducing Plastics

3 Reasons for Reducing Plastics

The short of it is that if more people reduce their usage of plastics, it will help the animals, the environment, and yes, humans.

Why?

Plastics are made from fossil fuels. They have a huge carbon footprint. They will exist practically forever. Only a tiny percentage is recycled. Plastics leach toxins into food and drinks. They promote hormone disruption and cancers. There is so much plastics usage in the world, that our lands and seas have become horribly polluted. They kill animals and birds by strangling them or because they are ingested. The plastics enter our food chain.          

Some statistics:

  • 2.5 billion metric tons (1000 kg) of solid waste is produced all around the world.
  • Of that number, 275 million metric tons is plastic waste.
  • 2 billion people within 30 miles of the coast create 100 million metric tons of coastal plastic waste.
  • 8 million metric tons of plastic goes into the oceans yearly. 

What can people do? We can’t get away from plastics yet. Too many of our products offer no alternatives. However, there are many things we can do…

  • Use reusable mesh produce bags and shopping bags.
  • Use recycled and compostable bags.
  • Save the plastic bags you’ve collected and reuse them as often as possible to reduce acquiring new bags.
  • Avoid buying 6 packs with the plastic rings around each.
  • Use reusable products such as bottles, containers, and straws.
  • Use silicone baking mats, lids and food bags instead of use-once aluminum sheets, plastic wraps and plastic bags.
  • Use reusable K Cups for Keurig machines.
  • Use dryer balls rather than dryer sheets.
  • Recycle as much as possible in your area.

You will find such products at the online store, www.TheCompassionateShopper.com.

What are some of your solutions to reducing plastics and waste?

 

About: International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

About: International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

 

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

Local Office: Washington, D.C.
International Office: Yarmouth Port, MA

IFAW is a  worldwide organization in helping abused animals. They have many projects that save animals in need globally, in more than 40 countries. They tirelessly rescue individual animals, campaign to prevent animal cruelty and advocate for the protection of wildlife and habitats. Projects include helping domestic animals such as dogs and cats. They save seals from brutal terror and killings. They defend the whales and protect elephants, tigers. IFAW also educations and pursues political action to further the protection and preservation of animals. They look for ways to address conflicts and challenges of animal populations. Viewers can help with donations, signing petitions, writing letters.

IFAW is recognized as a leader in helping abused animals by the Independent Charities of America. Their Charity Navigator rating though is only a 2 out of 4.

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About: The Gentle Barn Helping Abused Animals

About: The Gentle Barn Helping Abused Animals

The Gentle Barn, located in California, is helping abuse animals with its efforts at rescuing, rehabilitating and providing sanctuary to abused animals.  They connect animals with people in an awesome way.      

Ellie Laks, the founder of The Gentle Barn, always knew that animals are therapeutic to people. Together with Jay Weiner, they are not only helping abused animals, but also bringing children much joy at their property. Visitors enjoy seeing and hugging the farm animals, and learn about plant-based diets.

“The ultimate goal is to open Gentle Barn’s across the country so that every animal and child can have a place of healing and safety and where they can be seen for the perfect beings that they are. Since its inception, The Gentle Barn has been home to hundreds of animals and host to over 100,000 people. In these times of gangs, drugs, crime, violence and war, it is essential that we make efforts to ensure a more peaceful future for our children. We feel it is imperative that we teach our children kindness, compassion and empathy for all living beings. When a child meets another, looking different than themselves, with perhaps a different religion, race, sex, or language, if that child knows that we are all the same on the inside, then perhaps that child will accept the other and we will be closer to having peace on earth.”

Over 160 farm animals reside at The Gentle Barn. “These animals have all been rescued from severe abuse, neglect, abandonment or worse. They have been rehabilitated with traditional and non-traditional medicine, top quality nutrition, and countless hours in the arms of our staff and volunteers. They have regained their trust in humankind by realizing that they are now loved, and their abuse is over. Because of their ongoing physical and psychological needs, they can’t be adopted and are given sanctuary with us for the rest of their lives. Because the animals at The Gentle Barn have experienced abuse and severe neglect, their treatment and rehabilitation is extremely expensive and can take a long time. But it is worth it to see them smile again, to watch their eyes light up, to feel them cuddle in your lap, and to see them play with new life and new hope. Once rehabilitated, the animals become ambassadors, teaching children about the magic and grace of these precious beings. ”

15825 Sierra Highway
Santa Clarita, CA 91390

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