I’ve Given Up Plastic, but I’ve Also Just Given Up

Tara Jean O'Brien
3 min readNov 21, 2022

A list of plastic products I’ve stopped using since we’re all gonna die soon anyway.

Photo by Volodymyr Hryshchenko on Unsplash

HOUSEHOLD CLEANING PRODUCTS

Some of the most toxic things in your home are the cleaning products under your kitchen sink. That’s why I stopped storing them under the sink and started keeping them in my fridge. I’m so sick of people telling me that everything in a plastic bottle will end up in the belly of a dolphin so I might as well add a little Windex to my morning coffee and hope that my stomach lining will rupture, sending me to the sweet hereafter where I won’t have a roommate that frowns at me whenever I shop at Target.

COSMETICS

Looking presentable in public is so pre-pandemic. Instead of buying another tube of hurricane-resistant mascara, I have replaced all my makeup brushes with rusty razor blades. It’s a foolproof way to stop me from getting my hopes up about anything. My roommate tells me that aluminum and glass containers are more sustainable so at least I won’t feel guilty when I run an aluminum razor blade across the throbbing vein in my forehead when she pops her head into the bathroom to ask me why I won’t use a menstrual cup instead of a forest-murdering tampon.

FAST FASHION

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Tara Jean O'Brien

Actor, Writer, Comedian, Podcaster, Enough Already. My first book, TIPS FOR YOUR LAST YEAR ON EARTH, avail on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your local bookstore!