By Kate Kosse
DSC Earth Care Task Force
Your Desert Southwest Conference Earth Care team will be providing you with a short tip each month to help address things we can do to care for environmental justice. Here is this month’s tip.
Plastics break down but never actually disappear. Microplastics and nano plastics are the microscopic bits of plastic that remain to spread throughout our food, air, and water. Less unsightly than visible trash, they can actually be more harmful to us. Microplastics have been found everywhere, from the Arctic to inside plant tissues, from deep lungs to newborn babies’ first poop. Reduce exposure by saying no to plastics, whether bags, food/water containers, toys, or housewares. Choose natural fabrics over polyester. Check your cosmetics and toothpaste for plastic microbeads. Never heat food or baby formula in plastics. Wash plastics by hand instead of using the dishwasher. Drink filtered tap water, which is unfiltered and has less microplastic than water in disposable plastic bottles. You have the power to protect your, and especially our children’s, health.