For decades, the plastic industry has perpetuated the myth that plastics are recyclable. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Jared Huffman announced the reintroduction of the federal Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act. The 2023 Act is the best chance for the U.S. to take bold action against plastic pollution by focusing on the true source of the problem: Plastics production.
The moment for the U.S. to hold corporations accountable for packaging waste is now. But to get there, we need to pass strong legislation that sets clear, enforceable reuse standards.
One of the scariest parts of our waste crisis is the toxics that come with producing, using, and disposing of our trash. Yet, our existing laws aren’t enough to stop the cycle of pollution and profit. We need to build stronger, more innovative laws while there’s still time.
Almost every day I feel the guilt-ridden tension between working to build the just and sustainable Zero Waste world we all need, and just trying to get by with two young kids in the toxic, climate-damaging, waste-filled world we’re stuck with right now. I do my best to make choices that will hopefully create a better world for my kids, but I know that individual choices mean nothing without the systemic changes we all need.