The Trillion Pieces of Plastic Challenge

Day 189 – On Day 71, I wrote about switching to a reusable razor. I purchased an Albatross razor. It started off great, but due to my accident prone ways, I needed to discontinue use. I still know people that love their reusable razors. Unfortunately, I’m not skilled enough to use one without injury.

Now, with all that said, I wanted to share a great campaign created by Albatross.

“There are an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the ocean. The Plastic Disclosure Project, a project run by Hong Kong-based advocacy group Ocean Recovery Alliance, estimates that 33 percent of plastic manufactured worldwide is used once, then discarded. Making matters worse, 85 percent of the world’s plastic is not recycled when discarded. Such a dire set of human behaviors means that, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050. In fact, plastic consumption is actually still increasing! Did you know, for example, 1 million water bottles are thrown out every minute?  Every minute!

Albatross Designs has introduced the Trillion Pieces of Plastic Campaign. There are currently 7.2 Billion people in the world.  If just 13.8% of these people committed to, in their lifetime, picking up from the ground 1,000 pieces of plastic litter and disposing of it properly, then we’d have effectively prevented one TRILLION! pieces of plastic from entering the ocean.  Yes, that same water bottle cap you see on the sidewalk will likely be washed into streams or rivers and then into the ocean.  Once in the ocean the task of plastic clean up becomes infinitely more difficult, if possible at all. Our goal in this campaign is defensive.  Let’s, together, discover a new meaning of personal responsibility and stop the plastic before it reaches the ocean.

Trillion Pieces of Plastic encourages citizens to commit to picking up 1,000 pieces of plastic litter in their lifetime.  But, if one were to pick up a piece of litter a day, they’d meet this goal in under 3 years. Some beaches are so littered with plastic that a motivated individual could easily pick up a 1,000 pieces of plastic in a single day.”Albatross Designs

So, whether we decide to spread this challenge over your lifetime or spend 589 consecutive days picking up litter, like Edgar McGregor did in LA County’s most popular hiking spots, we all have a role to play in keeping plastic out of our waterways.

Though, picking up plastic is important, we also need to reduce our use of single-use plastic. Until that happens, we will have countless pieces of plastic to pick up.

Tomorrow, rugs made from upcycled waste materials.

Razors: Reusable vs. Disposable

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Day 71 – The journey that my family and I are on to be better caretakers of this planet, has me (in particular) rethinking pretty much everything in the house. It didn’t take long for the disposable razor to be transformed into something more sustainable. In my search for options, I came across various stainless steel razors. I ended up purchasing a razor from Albatross. It might have been the reference to a bird that piqued my interest, but I was really excited about their Blade Take Back Program. They will take back your old blades and upcycle them into stainless steel utensils. I thought that was all very cool and I couldn’t wait for my new stainless steel razor to arrive.

Well, that razor sat on my bedroom dresser for at least two months. As excited as I was to use it, I was also a bit intimidated. Would I cut myself? Would I end up a bloody mess? I know, completely ridiculous. I eventually found out that it was not that difficult to use and that I would not end up sliced and diced.

So, I am now a proud owner and user of a stainless steel razor and will never have to purchase another razor in my life. Unfortunately, the story doesn’t end there. My next obstacle was finding a razor for my husband, who prefers a disposable and a couple fairly new shavers in the house. My search brought me to the Gillette Razor Recycling Program in partnership with TerraCycle. This program allows you to recycle all brands of blades, razors, and plastic packaging for FREE. So, I ended up purchasing the other shavers in the house Gillette razors. Even though I could have purchased any brand, I wanted to support a company that was making an effort to recycle and keep these products from ending up in the landfill. I will add, that Gillette now has a razor made from 60% recycled plastic, the Planet KIND razor.

There will be a time when everyone is comfortable using a reusable razor, but until that time comes, Gillette will be the brand of choice.

So, consider making the change to a reusable razor, but if you’re not quite ready, consider a brand that is helping make a difference.

Tomorrow, Best Buy and the long list of items they recycle.