BBC Blogger Bags Pervasive Plastic Practice (badass)

Via Rachel Steele
on Aug 2, 2008
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Like many of us, I have forsaken single-use plastic bags in favor of the reusable, but the other day, as I wrapped half of an avocado in saran wrap, I thought about the sheer extent to which plastic pervades our lives. We need not always be resentful, Christine Jeavans points out, as it would be hard to imagine modern medicine without plastic, but what might be even harder to imagine is a whole month without any plastic. Most of us try to wean ourselves off the tendency to get food to-go and to use disposable coffee cups, but Jeavans has taken it a step (or rather a marathon) further—she’ll avoid wine for a month just in case the cork contains plastic. She also points out that even toothbrushes are made of plastic, which is obvious after you think about it, but once again demonstrates how plastic has infiltrated our lives. She will be blogging about her month long quest here, and I am looking forward to learning from her experiences, even more so than I was looking forward to writing this post’s headline.


About Rachel Steele

Rachel Steele originally hails from Charleston, SC, but schlepped all the way to Boulder to play in the mountains and study at the University of Colorado. She graduated with a degree in in Political Geography in 2008 and then briefly traveled in India and was certified as a yoga teacher in 2009 at Holy Cow Yoga Studio. She has since returned to her mother's ancestral home of Brooklyn, NY and is proud to call the Williamsburg area home. Despite what her mother recently said, she doesn't think she's become a hipster. She does wears many hats, including a fedora with a pin of Lindsey Lohan on it, but the one that is most important to her is that of a feminist filmmaker. She also loves live music, enjoys cooking, and is happiest when rabble rousing. She does miss Colorado, but feels very connected to her college home when writing for elephant. Her personal blog can be found at and on imdb.


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