Glass vs Plastic - Who wins the battle for our health and the future of our planet?

Alright, so the answer is pretty obvious, right?

If Gladiator Glass and Predatory Plastic entered into a WWE match to fight for the title of Universal Environment Championship, Gladiator Glass would always reign supreme (I blame my husband’s love of WWE for my ability to even make this reference lol). Since Earth Day was this past Sunday, I thought it would be perfect time to create a blog post about the environment and share three easy steps to start making a difference towards helping our lovely planet.

Sanibel, FL

Sanibel, FL

There is no question that glass containers, reusable bottles, and recyclable material are the best choice for the health of our planet and even ourselves. The increasing need for plastic products each year (which is predicted to quadruple by the year 2050) keeps growing the devastating amount of trash that fills up our landfills and, even more heartbreaking, our beautiful oceans. Our plastic-riddled culture of convenience is slowly hurting and damaging the earth. According to the non-profit organization Plastic Oceans Foundation, “more than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year.” This is directly affecting the lives of “700 species of animals that are [now] severely threatened due to ocean waste.” Soon, there will be more plastic in our seas than marine life (let that sink in).  

Portland, OR

Portland, OR

I believe it is our duty to take care of our wonderful home so that it stays a viable and safe environment for future generations (humans and animals alike). Unfortunately, many choose to ignore unwavering scientific evidence that humans do in fact exacerbate the global warming issue by supporting industries that perpetuate the problem even further.

What are we to do when even our elected officials choose to cut funding to programs and initiatives that help to preserve the future of the planet? In my opinion, we must take matters into our own hands and make small changes in our own lives. There is strength in numbers and if everyone decides to implement small changes, we can make a difference together. Who’s with me!?

Here are three simple things you can start doing TODAY to enhance your health and protect the future of all our leafy, furry, and fishy friends:

1. “No staw please!”

Around 500 million plastic straws are used daily in the US. Oftentimes instead of being recycled, they end up in the trash, inevitably being dumped into the ocean. So, the next time you are ordering a drink ask your server “without a straw, please!”

2.Slowly switch from plastic to glass containers

BPA (Bisphenol A) is a chemical found in plastic containers and coatings (water bottles, food cans) that can be absorbed by the food/drink. The chemical is said to affect our health by altering our delicate hormone balance, which can lead to reproductive issues, impaired fetal gestational development, and heart health complications. To avoid the potential ingestion of this chemical, start switching out your plastic containers to glass and only by reusable bottles that clearly state they are BPA-free (there is usually a sticker on the bottle). Also, never reheat your food in the plastic container! Heat causes the plastic to breakdown over time and increases the food’s contact with BPA.

3. Meatless Mondays

Implementing a weekly vegetarian or plant-based meal will benefit the health of your body, your wallet, and the planet. Americans are eating far more animal products than previous generations and it’s affecting our health. Reducing your consumption of meat can lower your risk of cancer, obesity, hormone issues, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Since grains, fruits, beans, and vegetables are far cheaper, cutting back on meat, even if it is just once a week, will help lower your grocery bill. Meat production also depletes our natural resources (land, water, energy, and food) which in turn, increases greenhouse gas emissions. So, it’s a no-brainer that including more vegetarian and plant-based dishes will help everyone.

Do you feel overwhelmed at the thought of implementing Meatless Mondays? Finding and cooking new meals? Let me do the work for you! Click HERE to download 3 FREE easy-to-make breakfast recipes.

One of my motivations behind improving my health and losing weight was that I would also be able to help the environment. I decided to become a vegetarian over 2 years ago and slowly started eating a plant-based diet a few months later. I can honestly say it has been the best decision I have ever made and I am so thankful for how happy I feel. So, not only was I improving my wellness BUT I also the helping out the planet. Double win! Eating vegan might not be the best choice for you and THAT’S OK! Our bodies are so unique that my lifestyle might not work for you. It’s all about balance and finding what works for you and your family.

You don’t have to be a superheroine or superhero to better the planet. Start by making environmentally conscious decisions when it comes to your food and lifestyle choices; buying local produce when possible, avoiding processed foods, consuming less plastic stuff in your household, recycling, utilizing reusable bags/bottles/straws/utensils/containers whenever possible, and donating to organizations that promote the health of our planet. I hope these steps help you take action and give you the power to preserve the wellness of our world. 

Thank you so much for reading my latest post! Let me know below if there is a topic you wish to see in the future :)