A Year in “Envirowoman’s” Shoes


Back in 2007, a woman went on a personal mission and adventure to be as plastic-free as possible.  For one year [with a few additional updates after the year ended], she recorded her experiences on her blog.  While she is no longer recording her adventures on the internet for the public, this “year in the life of” blog is perhaps one of the most interesting I’ve ever encountered.  The link I attached above is to her 2006 New Year’s Resolution so you can start on her journey from the very beginning and see what plastics were easy to avoid, which were hard, and which plastics were simply impossible to abstain form.  

Here are a few shots of our very own Manman’s experience this past Sunday when he ran the NYC marathon barefoot to raise awareness about plastic pollution.

Come and support our own MANMAN who’s doing the first ever plastic-free marathon. Oh and did I mention that he’s doing it barefoot? 

Here are the cheering stations: 
MILE 8.5: Top of Clinton Hill C, G | R, Q, A, C, 2, 3, 4
MILE 13.5: After Pulaski Bridge 7_Vernon Blvd or Hunter’s Pt. Ave. G_21st Street
MILE 19: 117 Street/Before Bronx 6_116th Street
MILE 21.5: After Bronx/Marcus Garvey Memorial Park 2, 3_125th Street
MILE 24: East Side of Lake 4, 5, 6_86th Street
MILE 26.2: CP Loop by W67th Street 1_66th Street

Come and support our own MANMAN who’s doing the first ever plastic-free marathon. Oh and did I mention that he’s doing it barefoot? 

Here are the cheering stations: 

  1. MILE 8.5: Top of Clinton Hill C, G | R, Q, A, C, 2, 3, 4
  2. MILE 13.5: After Pulaski Bridge 7_Vernon Blvd or Hunter’s Pt. Ave. G_21st Street
  3. MILE 19: 117 Street/Before Bronx 6_116th Street
  4. MILE 21.5: After Bronx/Marcus Garvey Memorial Park 2, 3_125th Street
  5. MILE 24: East Side of Lake 4, 5, 6_86th Street
  6. MILE 26.2: CP Loop by W67th Street 1_66th Street

(Source: plasticpollutioncoalition.org)

Plastic Bags - there are trillions of them and they are the most abundant consumer product in the world according to Guinness World Records. We all use them. But after seeing this report, you may have second thoughts.

Click through to see a preview of “Plastic Wars” from CNN correspondent, Amber Lyon.

Mini bottle, big plastic top.

Mini bottle, big plastic top.

mothernaturenetwork:

Plastic is found in virtually everything these days. Your food and hygiene products are packaged in it. Your car, phone and computer are made from it. And you might even chew on it daily in the form of gum. While most plastics are touted as recyclable, the reality is that they’re “downcycled.” A plastic milk carton can never be recycled into another carton — it can be made into a lower-quality item like plastic lumber, which can’t be recycled.16 simple ways to reduce plastic waste

mothernaturenetwork:

Plastic is found in virtually everything these days. Your food and hygiene products are packaged in it. Your car, phone and computer are made from it. And you might even chew on it daily in the form of gum. While most plastics are touted as recyclable, the reality is that they’re “downcycled.” A plastic milk carton can never be recycled into another carton — it can be made into a lower-quality item like plastic lumber, which can’t be recycled.
16 simple ways to reduce plastic waste

Plastic spoons with intricate designs made to look _____?   A few descriptions that came to my mind were elegant, classy, and contradictory.  Thoughts?

Plastic spoons with intricate designs made to look _____?   A few descriptions that came to my mind were elegant, classy, and contradictory.  Thoughts?

Today, we are in the midst of a new sort of invasion, not of foreign armies but one that is often invisible and insidious. In this occupation, we are willing if unwitting participants in our own oppression. The materiel of this occupation is not hand grenades and bullets, it drifts in the ocean and washes up on our shores. The material of this invasion is plastic.

Tags: plastic art

Who wants to bet if any of this ended up recycled?

Who wants to bet if any of this ended up recycled?

Just a typical day on the beach.

Just a typical day on the beach.