Stele here. I am a PlastTax fan.
PlastTax is a volunteer tax or government tax paid on plastic products. The self-imposed tax or government-collected money is used to save our sweet+rad+dying Earth.
When you must buy something packaged in plastic, or made of plastic, please collect a PlastTax from yourself. Then invest that money in some project or organization that is helping cool our burning biosphere.
Here are a few of my recommended PlastTax rates* ::
Single-use bag :: $3
Bottled water 14 oz :: $3
Energy bar wrapper :: $1
Food wrapping [such as a small vegan cheese block] :: $1
Toilet paper wrapper :: $3
*Sliding scale. If you cannot pay the recommended amount pay what you can.
Encourage and honor people and businesses to invest their own self collected PlastTax in projects and organizations that are fighting the climate change monster.
It is also crucial to help start and support a government imposed PlastTax in your town and state too.
So yessss, we need to both the voluntary and the mandatory PlastTax going on in as many places as we can.
For more love and life, Stele Ely
NOTES :: A PlastTax [aka Plastax] can reduce the use of single-use plastics, and can generate money to invest in projects that help keep our planet cool and livable.
In Ireland and in other places around the world the PlastTax or Plastax has reportedly reduced the use of single use plastic bags. Plastic bag use dropped 20% to 90% depending on the situation. It is possible that millions people have greatly reduced their use of plastic bags thanks to various government run "PlastTax" programs around the world.
The Plastax / PlastTax can be beneficial to the ocean, land, rivers, lakes and air. Plastax has reportedly lead to less plastic bags being used which in turn means a cleaner, less toxic and less littered environment.
Depending on the tax level, a PlastTax / Plastax may or may not generate revenue. It is a simple market based solution in the form of a consumption tax.
Plastic notes :: If petroleum-derived plastic comes from biomaterial, why doesn't it biodegrade? Various manufacturing steps turns petroleum into a material unrecognized by the organisms that normally break organic matter down. that can be easily shaped. Synthetic plastic is made of organic polymers manufactured from petroleum, the end product of a million year natural decay from once living organisms. Petroleum's main components come from lipids that were first assembled long ago in those organisms' cells.
More about investing in our biosphere on the INVEST24 page.
creepy plastic, doesn't grow on trees
creepy plastic, don't use what you do not need
creepy plastic, when there is glass to use
creepy plastic, listen to the emus
the emus down in Australia and the kangaroos
are saying don't use
creepy plastic, its ecological abuse
it’s making the world hotter, and uglier everyday
creepy plastic, no way, no way
creepy plastic, it's so creepy it's gross
so gross my friend you know
clogging up the biosphere,
can't you hear, the creatures say
creepy plastic, it's the creepiest
creepy plastic, anti fantastic, amen
ask anyone scholastic what's going to happen in the future
they'll say hey, no, no way we don't need so much plastic
ask a turtle in the sea, ask a shark and he will tell you
he wants to swim free in a sea without creepy plastic
creepy plastic, worse than Halloween and all those horror movies you have seen
it's the real thing it's killing so many things oh
creepy plastic, have a heart bring your reusable things
don't get those throw away things
it's creeping everybody out, and they are not just looking sad
and they are not just feeling bad
their going down, dead dead
Creepy Plastic / stele c12
Reducing Plastic Abuse Resources:
NRDC : What A Jelly Bean Can Teach Us About Protecting The Environment
According to research released last month in the journal Science, 8 MILLION TONS of plastic waste makes its way into our oceans every year (based on 2010 numbers). That’s the equivalent of five plastic grocery bags for every foot of coastline on Earth.
11 easy ways to reduce your plastic waste today
1. Bring your own shopping bag
2. Stop buying bottled water
3. Bring your own thermos to the coffee shop
4. Choose cardboard over plastic bottles and bags
5. Say no to straws
6. Get the plastic off your face
7. Skip the disposable razor
8. Switch from disposable diapers to cloth
9. Make your period waste-free
10. Re-think your food storage
11. Shop in bulk
For many households, the majority of plastic waste is generated in the kitchen. So one of the best ways to reduce the packaging waste madness is to bring your own bags and containers and stock up on bulk foods. Shopping with jars is a great option, and keep your eye out for brands with refilling stations, like Ariston oils and Common Good cleaners.
The "chasing arrows" symbol is not a sign that a material is recyclable, it only denotes products that are plastic.
EPA : Wastes - Resource Conservation - Common Wastes and Materials
33 million tons of plastic waste were generated in 2013, representing 12.8 percent of total MSW.
In 2013, the United States generated about 14 million tons of plastics as containers and packaging, about 12 million tons as durable goods such as appliances, and almost 7 million tons as nondurable goods, such as plates and cups.
Only 9 percent of the total plastic waste generated in 2013 was recovered for recycling.
In 2013, the category of plastics which includes bags, sacks, and wraps was recycled at almost 14 percent.
Plastics also are found in automobiles, but recycling of these materials is counted separately from the MSW recycling rate. [epa,gov/ osw/conserve/materials/plastics.htm (missing/404)]
Sierra Club Angeles Chapter : Living the plastics-free life Short of adopting a Tarzan-like jungle existence, it’s probably impossible to completely eliminate plastics from modern day life, but with a little digging and shopping savvy, you can enlarge that dent in your plastics consumption. The Angeles Chapter has some ideas that may inspire you.
Sierra Club Rhode Island Chapter : Outings Journal: Bottles and Bogs / Ban the Bag, and Bottle, and Styrofoam Cup :
... the nature of the most frequently littered items - plastic bags, plastic bottles, and Styrofoam cups - make it impossible to collect every piece. Anyone who has participated in a cleanup knows that plastic bags and plastic bottles do not remain plastic bags and plastic bottles once set loose in nature. Nature, as it does with so many other materials, breaks the bags and bottles down into smaller and smaller pieces. This means that instead of simply picking up a bottle and placing it in a garbage bag, one must pick up many small fragments of a bottle greatly increasing the chance that many pieces will be missed...
NRDC : Court clears way for California's listing of BPA as a reproductive hazard : In addition to reproductive harm, BPA has been linked to a broad array of health effects, including altered brain development, behavioral changes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. There is a steady stream of new science on BPA, and the vast majority of it continues to find evidence of harm.
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