A scientist’s “no plastic-touch for 24 hours” try-out

Feb 07, 2019, 7:21 AM EST
(Source: https://twitter.com/kurtisbaute)
(Source: https://twitter.com/kurtisbaute)

You would be pardoned to laugh it off as an attention-inviting antic, but scientist YouTuber Kurtis Baute isn’t making the headlines for the first time for his eccentric approach to highlighting environmental issues.  

Recently, Baute vlogged himself trying to pass 24 hours without touching an ounce of plastic; he gave up his spectacles for a day, draped himself in a 100%-fabric towel, scattered cotton washcloths on his floor mat, didn’t turn on or off the lights and stayed away from all appliances, notes Green Matters.

Baute said that the experiment made him realize the unavoidable deluge of plastic surrounding him, which underpins his central message – we should reduce our consumption of single-use plastics and do something instead of doing nothing.

Last year, Baute tried something equally whimsical by locking himself up in an airtight cube filled with 200 plants to raise awareness about climate change but had to abort the “show” after 15 hours instead of planned three days, as carbon levels shot up to intolerable levels, reports the BBC.