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?

 

VETPAW is Helping Elephants and Rhinos Survive

VETPAW is Helping Elephants and Rhinos Survive

Do you love elephants and rhinos and want to help save them? Here is a great and easy way to help. Meet the VETPAW organization.

 

VETPAW

An awesome group of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient veterans and their team are helping abused animals. Witnessing  elephant and rhino species extinction, they came to the rescue. Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife (VETPAW) was founded by Ryan Tate, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. After bravely serving from 2003-2007 in the most dangerous areas during the Iraq War, he was recognized as Marine of the Year in 2005.

Ryan Tate wanted to apply his skills towards his passion for wildlife conservation, to help save elephants and rhinos and to help stop poaching in Africa.

Losing one species has an impact on all the other species in an ecosystem. If it’s not a balanced ecosystem, it all fails.” — Ryan Tate exclaims.

If poaching doesn’t stop, the extinction of elephants will happen within 20 years.  Rhinos are also poached. Some species are already extinct.

There’s a really solid chance that if you educate a poacher in the right manner and make that big of an impact on him, he’s not going to do it again when he gets out of jail.” – Ryan Tate

Donations to VETPAW helps trainers and rangers with the supplies they need, for fuel, helicopter time, firearms, food, and new technology for counter-poaching methods. Some goes to community engagement.

Some of the VETPAW missions include

Operation Rhino Shield – securing a long term home with the help of Army, Marine and Navy veterans and private reserves.

Operation Tanzania – investigations resulted in arrest of 50 suspected poachers, with the help of U.S. Special Forces, Army and Air Force, VETPAW-trained local rangers, and Tansazian Wlidlife Anit-Crimes Task Force.

Meet some of the VETPAW heroes:

 

We thank VETPAW for #HelpingAbusedAnimals and in turn, the world. Elephants and rhinos are family-oriented beings. They feel pain and loss. They are playful in loving situations. Just like humans. #BeKindToElephants, #BeKindToRhinos, #BeKindToAnimals.

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