CNN posted a video yesterday that's got all the stereotypes of a bad story about plastics rolled into less than 4 minutes.
- It starts with a clip from "The Graduate."
- The story pretends to be about a woman who is living "without plastics," but it's clear that she's living without plastic packaging.
- The clip is part of a "Toxic America" series.
The story, "One woman's mission to be plastic-free
," is about Jean Healge, who made some drastic lifestyle changes about 2 years ago because she was concerned about the chemicals used in plastics.
She bakes her own bread now, for example, and makes her own toothpaste. Healge also buys most of her grocery staples from bins and from farmers' markets, and she doesn't store anything in plastic containers.
It's interesting to see the lengths that consumers need to make to avoid plastic packaging. But I was really hoping that someone would point out in the story that although there wasn't much plastic in her refrigerator, the refrigerator itself was clearly, at least in part, made of plastic.
Also, she pointed out there she did have a couple of plastic bottles in her refrigerator -- one for ketchup, one for mustard. That surprised me -- you can't find any ketchup or mustard in glass bottles anymore? I'll have to look the next time I'm in the store.