Do you wish to help save the planet and promote healthy, green living? – STOP supporting plastic! Easier said than done right? Plastic is everywhere and all too readily available and convenient for use on a daily basis. Plastic is used as the main source of packaging for upwards of 94% of the products we purchase. Everything from personal beauty care supplies like shampoo, deodorant, chapstick, hairspray, among so many others – to household cleaning products such as dish soap, laundry detergent, and everything in between. Not to mention Tupperware containers, children’s toys, and how many hundreds of items packaged in plastic like handheld tools, batteries, gift cards, or food products.
Going plastic free is one of the more difficult transitions we can make, beings as ‘plastic-dependency’ is all too real and surrounds us every which way we turn. Some would even argue becoming more organic and canceling out plastic is harder than becoming vegan and canceling out meat, dairy, and other animal by-products.
However, as with anything, it is entirely possible – even if only in tiny baby-step increments at a time. By starting small and making gradual changes, you’ll soon eliminate some of the more serious dangers and health risks of using plastic including excess toxins and chemical-leeching, both for yourself as well as the planet.
Houses and various other buildings made of recycled plastic bottles is steadily increasing in popularity. Not only in third world countries where building materials are sparse and pollution thick, but for everyone in all countries as an excellent alternative to expensive housing. Building a structure using plastic bottles is not only an excellent way of re-purposing plastic, one of the most difficult substances for the earth to digest and break down, but also as an incredibly effective housing unit for much less cost, , better overall health, and just as much pay-off as any other style of home.
Homes made with plastic bottles are not only fire-proof and bullet-proof, they are also very well-insulated and self-sufficient, maintaining a temperature of around 64 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. Not to mention long-lasting, earthquake resistant, and cost-efficient as well, among other bonuses!
So many of us rush around from one thing to the next every single day, without taking ample time to slow down and appreciate the beauty of nature, and the many splendors she has to offer. Whether we’re stuck in traffic on the freeway, cooped up behind a computer screen, or sitting in the front of the television, we don’t always get to feel close to our native planet earth.
Whether or not we have the opportunity to actually get outside, there are many ways to feel closer to earth, bring a bit of wilderness into the living space, or even contribute to the conservation of nature in such ways that make us feel more aware of and closer to it’s presence.