I recently watched A Plastic Ocean a documentary about plastic pollution of our oceans and how it breaks down into microplastics and ends up back in our the foodstream. It makes you cringe to see how much plastic they found in birds and turtle stomachs and that scene where the whale died just made me cry. I don’t even want to think about how much plastic we basically put into our bodies every day. The issue is harder to see at beaches in Australia oder Europe, but if you have been to Bali, Brazil oder the Philippines you know, it’s incredible.
Bottom line: If we want to keep enjoying our oceans, our planet and in the end save ourselves, we need to stop producing so much plastic waste!
It happens very easily with issues like this, that one might think there is no solution and what difference does it make if one person changes their habits. Or you might think you can’t use any piece of plastic anymore and you get overwhelmed and give up.
But I think it is a lot easier. It’s about progress not perfection. If you would at least use every single-use plastic item twice. If you would change your take-away coffee cup for a reusable one on most days. If you would think about bringing a bag for the grocery shopping. If you would drink out of a glass without a straw. If you would get less take away food and cook at home. It’s about being aware and starting with the easy changes and what these are everyone decides for themselves, but we better quickly start somewhere.
My personal challenge at the moment is the take away coffee cup. My attempts with a reusable one have failed with me destroying the pretty glass KeepCup I bought before I even used it.. So next try is a stainless steel..