My vow for Lent will be to give up, or reduce, the use of plastics.
Britain's Anglican Church began the Lenten campaign against plastics, according to a New York Times story. The church is offering a Lenten calendar, not plastic I assume, suggesting a plastic product to give up each day.
The world's oceans are polluted with huge plastics islands because of the imperishable material's widespread use. The Church of England's popular campaign targets plastics used in floss containers, supermarket bags, straws, knifes, forks, plates, coffee cups, bottled water, grocery packages, garbage bags, and so on.
The popularity of the BBC's Blue Planet show has driven the campaign, the story said. The effort has gained support of a number of Conservative politicians, according to another news article.
I hope the Lenten anti-plastics campaign spreads to the United States, and plan to do my part. Some steps will be easy, like bringing reusable bags to the supermarket more often. We already recycle plastic water bottles by filling them with tapwater and placing them in the refrigerator.
Other steps will be more difficult, such as finding floss not held in plastic containers. The neighborhood Publix only has plastic bags for fresh produce, and most other food products come in plastic packages. I've grown fond of Pellegrino fizzy water, and never refill its distinctive green bottles, although I do toss them into the city recycling bin. My three daily newspapers come in plastic bags, although I've noticed the carrier now often places them together in one bag. The deli at the Fresh Market also uses plastic containers.
I'm sure there are many other uses of plastic I can target. Perhaps the easiest step will be giving up products that come in plastic jars or containers.
While challenging, giving up plastics for Lent offers a way to make a difference through personal action.