We're breaking up with single-use plastic

By Kate Breimann
Advocate, Environment Maryland

This Valentine’s Day, we’re breaking up with single-use plastics. Let’s face it -- our relationship with plastics is toxic. Plastic lasts forever, which sounds romantic, until you consider that virtually every plastic bag, straw, utensil, or wrapper that has ever escaped into the environment is still out there, infiltrating water ways, being ingested by hundreds of different species, and contributing to global litter.

Plastics are also everywhere. We’re seeing plastic being used more and more in all parts of our lives, from car parts to clothing. And plastic is in the air, too, with a lot of single-use plastic being incinerated and releasing carcinogens and neurotoxins into our air. Finally, single-use plastics contribute massively to climate change due to their reliance on fossil fuels and fracked gas, which is not the kind of heat we’re looking for. We want to end our relationship with single-use plastics, and we want you to do the same. 

Need some inspiration? Check out our video, Breaking Up with Plastic, brought to you by Environment Maryland and Squad 47 Films: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sChv7YrTSYQ&feature=youtu.be