Minimize your plastic consumption

You'll always be consuming some, since Every place on earth has unsafe levels of plastic in the rainwaterEvery place on earth has unsafe levels of plastic in the rainwater
See Outside the Safe Operating Space of a New Planetary Boundary for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). (They're also in fish.)

You can and should Minimize your plastic consumption, e...

But you can reduce your consumption, and you should, because at least according to one of the authors of the above-linked paper, this is a "dose makes the poison" situation.

Specifically, in this podcast interview at 56:06, Martin Scheringer lists high-exposure products:

  • New cars - apparently that "new car smell" is endocrine-disrupting chemicals
  • New electronics - especially if you hold them to your face (see Put your phone awayPut your phone away
    Going no-phone for a full day is always challenging and always relaxing.

    You sleep better when you have a couple no-phone hours before bed.

    Using your phone is bad for your posture.

    You already ...

These are good reasons to Buy stuff usedBuy stuff used
This helps you Keep cost of living low and Minimize your plastic consumption.

It reduces demand for new stuff, which in a perfect world would mean less resource extraction and pollution.


A couple more risky products:

  • Carpet - at least some newer, stain-resistant ones
  • Processed and packaged food - which is really hard to avoid! But a good reason to Grow your own foodGrow your own food
    Because it's satisfying, and because it's a way to Keep cost of living low.