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19 Pictures That Prove We Waste Way Too Much Freaking Plastic

This is an intervention.

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1. Okay, fellow Earth inhabiters. We need to talk about plastic waste.

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2. Have you ever seen produce in a grocery store packaged up like this?

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3. Or this?

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4. Or — takes a deep, deep breath — LIKE THIS? WITH THREE DIFFERENT LAYERS OF PLASTIC ENCASING A SINGLE, SOLITARY ORANGE?

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5. The fact is, most produce has a perfectly adequate, natural packaging! It's called THE PEEL.

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6. And, sure, plastic packaging might make your life a little more convenient for a few minutes — but when you're done with it, it's prooooobably gonna spend a lifetime in an ocean.

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7. We. Don't. Need. To. Be. Doing. This.

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8. It's completely unnecessary!

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9. Did you know there is a floating pile of garbage in the ocean that is twice the size of Texas? So like, let's maybe not shrink-wrap our fucking apples.

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10. And it's not just produce! We're pretty much plastic-wrapping everything these days. Like cans of tuna, which is completely unnecessary.

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11. And individual sugar cubes, which is just plain lazy.

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12. And...we're now doing this to cans of Coke??? For some reason???

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13. Here's a big-ass plastic box of Tic Tacs filled with smaller plastic boxes of Tic Tacs, each containing just six (6!!!) mints. I'm tired.

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14. These coffee pods are 100% compostable, which is great, but then they were wrapped in non-recyclable plastic, which makes me want to scream into the fucking abyss.

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15. And y'all, it's not even just FOOD! Look at how this teeny little USB was packaged.

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16. These plastic straws came in a plastic bag and were each individually wrapped in — yep, you guessed it! — plastic.

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17. Have you ever bought a big package of toilet paper wrapped in plastic, only to open it and discover that each roll is wrapped in more plastic?

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18. This anti-virus software doesn't even need a disk — but that didn't stop the company from wasting a whole bunch of plastic for no reason.

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19. And finally, I'm sure we've all been on the receiving end of one of these ridiculous packages. JUST SHIP IT IN A SMALLER BOX.

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Remember, folks: You vote with your dollar. Stop buying plastic when ya really don't have to!

Bravo

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