Sustainable Living True/False Friday

True/False Friday: Plastic Free July

July 27, 2018

Happy Friday all! In light of the popular hashtag #plasticfreejuly that’s been stirring things up on social media and offering daily tips on how to be less wasteful by eliminating plastic from our lives, this week’s True/False Friday is all about plastic. (Be sure to check out the comments under each question after you submit results)

In addition to the quiz, I have a quick challenge for everyone. In the next 3-4 days keep track of how much plastic you use and throw away. Take a look around the house and see how many items are made of plastic and how many of these you could easily replace with an alternative. Where can you do better?

Results

Congrats! You’re plastic savvy! Keep up the good work.

Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

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Keep working to become more plastic savvy!

Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

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#1 Refusing single use straws, coffee cups/lids and to go containers can help stop plastic pollution

Refusing single use plastic and choosing reusable materials such as ceramic mugs and reusable water bottles will reduce your personal plastic pollution.

Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

#2 China is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to plastic pollution

So it’s true that China is one of the biggest plastic polluters on the big scale. But the truth is, instead of pointing fingers on who is the worst of the worst, we all need to accept our own offenses and try to do better.

Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

#3 Tea bags, glitter and aluminum cans contain plastic.

Pesky plastic sneaks it’s way in just about everywhere. If tea bags and glitter don’t not surprise you, the aluminum cans might. Canned goods, beverages etc. are lined with a polymer plastic.

Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

#4 A number in the middle of the arrows signifies that it is recyclable.

This is a RIC ( Resin Identification Code) which tells what kind of plastic is used, but it doesn’t mean that it is necessarily recyclable.

Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

#5 Plastic is present in our clothing, food and carpet. You’re probably touching, wearing or watching something made of plastic in this moment.

Unfortunately, our dependence to plastic is not just limited to the water bottles and food packaging. It has infiltrated almost every aspect of our lives. Check out the tag on the clothes that you are wearing. See any polyester?

Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

#6 Plastic is biodegradable.

Some plastics are not at all biodegradable and scientists argue that they can only break into smaller and smaller pieces creating microplastics.  It is said that one plastic bottle could take from 450-1000 years to completely biodegrade. That is not a good ratio for it’s rapid single use.

Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

#7 Ecological and plastic free options are readily available.

Yes. There really is no need to go and buy fancy-smanchy gear. Glass jars, reusable grocery bags, reusable cutlery, stainless steel water bottles, canvas bags, going digital… the list is endless!

Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

#8 Raw materials to create plastic include crude oil and natural gas.

Yes, plastic creation implements non-renewable resources like liquid petroleum.

Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

#9 6 million metric tons of plastic goes into the ocean every year

Greenpeace and other sources estimate that this number is actually closer to 8 million.

Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

#10 The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a huge swirling mass of garbage roughly the size of Texas out in the middle of the ocean?

In our minds it has been painted as a giant floating island of crap. But in reality, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an area of concentrated microplastics (plastics that have been broken down into tiny pieces due to the constant movement of water and wind) that may not even be visible to the human eye. They are however no less harmful to marine life.

Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

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Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche

My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.

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  • Reply Claudia July 28, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Great information available in this quiz! Thanks for sharing!

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