Posted by: Rabideye | August 22, 2012

Working our way backwards…Day 31

50 Reasons to Eat & Grow Local Food

Reason #31:

Growing your own food and buying local (with some forethought) can dramatically reduce your use of plastic. Carry your cloth bags!

Most plastic bags and containers are made of fossil fuels and impart unwanted flavours and chemicals into our food (especially oily foods!) Even recycling is not a good solution, as this only increases the manufacturing and re-manufacturing of these toxic chemical-based products. Most of our plastic ends up in landfills, in the oceans, in drainage pipes (causing blockages), and in our streets.

So-called biodegradable plastics are only degradable under certain specific circumstances, and even then, they often just break up into smaller plastic pieces, which animals may eat, and from which they may get sick. It is not sustainable by any stretch of the imagination. Major culprits are take-out containers! Make eating out an unusual treat, and when you do, eat in the restaurant or carry a reusable tiffin. Find out lots more on how to ‘reduce your use’ at our own Powell River Environmental society, Pebble in the Pond, and the up-and-coming blog Let’s Talk Trash.

The Powell River Open Air Market is open Saturdays 10:30am-12:30pm and Sundays 12:30pm-2:00pm.

The Fall Fair is happening Saturday, September 22 and Sunday September 23, 2012.

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