The Mission

Vintage Green Review is the place to find eco-friendly ideas for readers with all levels of awareness. It addresses how to reduce and reuse everyday household items; how to eliminate disposable waste; and how to improve plastic recycling. My goal is to do this by providing fun and HOPEFUL suggestions for everyday living.  To live in a way that does more good and less bad.

But before we get started we need to get clear on one thing: Our planet is in trouble. Really.

Plastic recycling is important to protect clean water and viable ecosystems.
Clean drinking water and viable ecosystems are important to the health of all species. As humans at the top of the food chain we rely on other species far more than they rely on us (except to clean up the mess we’ve made). Most other plants and animals would likely keep on keepin’ on, perfectly fine without us if we disappeared tomorrow. Except companion animals, of course–different topic.

That includes us. We are not separate from the earth. We need it. But due to our big, fat evolved brains and opposable thumbs we impact the planet more than any other species on it. For that reason, animals need our help. Plants need our help. The oceans need our help. Topographies of all kinds need our help. Our future children and grandchildren need our help.

This is a big deal. You don’t have to cry over PETA pictures or chain yourself to a tree but please don’t pretend like this isn’t one of the single most important issues of our lifetime. Because it is. Really.

That’s not to dismiss the countless other struggles humans face around the world on a daily basis; however, without clean drinking water and viable ecosystems it’s going to get a whole lot harder to address anything else.

So, unless you were raised by wolves under a rock (impossible!) you should know this by now.

Two of the biggest problems we face today are pollution and plastic waste. So much so that our huge, nasty piles of garbage are even spreading to the most remote, untouched corners of the earth. The NYT  wrote about a new study published by research scientist Dr. Jennifer Lavers and her colleagues with the University of Tasmania in Australia that shows an astounding amount of the world’s plastic junk washing ashore on a pristine, tiny island in the South Pacific: an estimated 17.6 tons of debris on the shores of this one island, to be more exact.  And much of it buried deep below the surface of the beach, pictured below.

The need for plastic recycling
Photo by Dr. Jennifer Lavers, Henderson Island, 2015. Used with permission. 17.6 tons of plastic garbage washed ashore a virtually uninhabited island in the South Pacific, underscoring the urgent need for solving the world’s plastic problems.

And get this… humans don’t even live anywhere near there. Without plastic recycling, our trash is traveling from landfills and city streets to streams, lakes, and rivers where it’s being shot straight out into the ocean and caught in currents that create what’s known as a gyre–basically a swirling vortex of human garbage that traps and kills poor marine life or washes ashore in other places. More about gyres and the ocean’s 5 biggest garbage patches can be found here.

So if you know this, or are just learning it, you should also know there is something every single person can do about it. Big or small. Including plastic recycling.

Because it never used to be this way. Until now, humans have lived for thousands of years without plastic waste and pollution! So what do we do about it? Well that’s what Vintage Green Review is for. The mission is what matters, and our mission is plastic recycling and zero waste.. by looking to both vintage processes and modern technologies to find the best possible options for greener living.

Action Steps THIS WAY.