Also called Polyester, 19% of this plastic is transformed to fabrics, the rest goes to landfill. This plastic is easy to avoid by drinking tap water (I carry a glass jar), many of the items are available in bulk or glass, and I make sure I brush my teeth REAL 3 minutes instead of using a mouthwash.
5 billion bags versus 5 million rats in NYC every year....Who's the real plague?
This plastic is the most widely used with #4 for its versatility but while 10 to 29% of the rigid one is processed, only 6% of bags are.
My easy alternatives are:
- A light Reusable bag in my purse. Placed next to my keys in my apartment, I never leave home without it now.
-Detergent in a cardboard box or sometimes homemade with Soap & Washing Soda
- For my hair, a shampoo bar ( Lush, Whole Foods , Etsy ,Organic Stores) & vinegar instead of Conditionner,sounds insane but it was actually my greatest discovery going ZeroWaste.
This plastic is well described in TheStoryofStuff book and the astonishing facts really made me start thinking about the material of our daily objects. Not only the production is intoxicating workers with heavy metals but it also cannot be recycled because it would contaminate the other plastics. Plus if it is incinerated it releases Dioxin. I still have some PVC items but I'll make sure I'll go to Toxic Events to discard them & will make my best to avoid them in the future :
-Buying a Hemp or Cotton Shower Curtain,
-Use PaperBoard Binders,
-Offer PVC free Toys to my nephew & niece
-Do the plank to look at the blue sky, no need for Air Mattress in the pool.
Ok, still no alternatives in mind for Cables and my Vinyl Second Hand Rainy Blue Coat, but at least I really really love it & stay dry..........
Like Plastic #2, this one is again widely used because versatile but has only a little 5% recycling rate as it is hard to sort. Plus it hides in carton containers like Disposable Coffee Cups. Plus it leaches Endocrine Disruptors according to LifeWithoutLife.
I avoid it by freezing food in glass jars and bread in fabrics. ( I still have some #5 plastics in the freezer but I reduce them little by little) I buy honey in a glass jar as well and ask for a real cup at coffees or bring my travel mug.