#WATWB – How to Reduce Your Plastic Footprint
I don’t really remember ever taking a walk along a beach that was littered with plastic. It could be a case of being in the right place at the right time, or maybe I’m just lucky. There are zillions of pictures on the internet showing the extreme nature of the plastics problem — whales with their guts full of plastic, sea turtles getting tangled in nets, six-pack plastic rings choking birds — but since I didn’t take any of them, I’d rather show you how I’d like to see the world, enjoying plastic-free clean water:
Peaceful, right? Just rocks and water…
and lily pads.
Just because I don’t have any firsthand knowledge, though, doesn’t mean this isn’t a serious problem. It takes 1,000 years for plastic to break down (yeah, I’d like to know how they figured that out, too), and “only nine percent of plastic in circulation is recycled,” so it’s in our best interest and that of the planet to use as little plastic as possible.
But where do we start? If you’re feeling quite ambitious you could take up the challenge to make your home plastic-free, but it’s a steep climb, really radical, and quite nearly impossible so – nah.
Instead, how would you like to do something simple that’s not going to drain you of all your time and resources? Well, the people at Well + Good have an idea to help keep the world’s beaches and rivers plastic-free and it’s super easy. It involves contacting your local grocer, or maybe the corporation from which you buy the most products, and telling them you’ve had it with single-use plastic and could they please look for other alternatives and take some dang responsibility already. Easy peasy.
Then we can have nice places like this:
and a place on the beach where we can all get together and soak in the deliciousness of a sunset without the ruinous effects of plastic.
[photo credit: Deb Bosin]
So grab your pen, or your computer, and let the local grocer know what you want — less plastic and more recyclable options. It’s your right, and your duty as a citizen of the planet.
Let me know how it works out.
Once again, here are the guidelines for #WATWB
1. Keep your post to Below 500 words, as much as possible.
2. Link to a human news story on your blog, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Paste in an excerpt and tell us why it touched you. The Link is important, because it actually makes us look through news to find the positive ones to post.
3. No story is too big or small, as long as it Goes Beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.
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