Make the shift, ditch the plastic
The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it. Very often, i hear people say "what difference can i make"? This is where we are wrong - we believe that topics like climate change and plastic pollution should be dealt with by large organisations and activists, and our impact is limited.
How untrue these thoughts are!
Live by this African Proverb: “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito.”
Let's assume we all buy a small plastic bottle of water everyday, that's around 350 plastic bottles in a year.
Replace this with a reusable water bottle - sure, it may not be as convenient, we may forget to carry it and resort to plastic on some days, but we have already brought consumption down significantly. Let's take a moment to consider the benefits of carrying our own water
- reduced demand for these pollutants,
- reduced plastic waste leading to cleaner oceans and cleaner air
- the money you end up saving in the long run.
When you have time, read up on whether bottled water is actually better than tap water. You will be surprised :)
Plastic bottles are just an example, this applies to pretty much all the disposables we pick up, and products that are cheap and meant to be thrown after a few uses (5$ tshirts, 3$ plastic toys, the list is endless).
Ultimately, is convenience worth it? Are impulse purchases that you throw away unused/after a few days worth it?
We don't have to engage in grand heroic actions to drive the shift. Tiny changes by each of us, can make a huge difference.
Start small - make one shift!
A thought before you buy - "Do you really want it or are you being a prey to manufactured demand?"
Let us decide not to trash our homes and our planet.