Plastic is everywhere.
Ever since their inception they have been popping up in our homes, workplace, clothes… I mean you name it and I can almost guarantee there is either plastic in it, or there is a plastic version of it. The irresistible allure of staying in one piece when dropped and costing so little to the wallet was too strong for us to resist.
And honestly, it was so easy to use. Easy to purchase. Easy to throw away.
Two years ago, I really didn’t think about the consequences of this easy life. I bought what I wanted (at a cheap price too!) and threw it away when I didn’t need it anymore.
Dirty table? — wipe it away with a disposable lysol wipe and throw it away! Yay!!
Don’t want to go outside to eat a nice meal? — Order takeout and throw away the container it came in!
Don’t want to stain your teeth when drinking a soda? — Use a disposable straw and throw it away!
I mean, it was all too easy!
And then I went a trip during Spring Break sponsored by my university 2 years ago and they showed me this little ole documentary called, “Bag It”.
And suddenly, BOOM! Those easy decisions weren’t so easy anymore. BECAUSE I KNEW TOO MUCH NOW.
It’s like that scene in the Matrix, where Morpheus offers Neo the blue pill or the red pill. Except I didn’t know I was being offered either pill at the time. I just swallowed one.
And now I know things. Like what really happens to the plastic you throw away after every meal. Every year, 8 million metric tons of it end up in our oceans.
Don’t believe me? Believe Time Magazine then!
Isn’t it insane?!?! I mean, plastic is doing more than harming our ocean ecosystem and wildlife, it is literally taking up land space. The more plastic trash we put in landfills, which is a crap ton too, the less space we have to build actual cool things, like robot cafes, or adult playgrounds (because we need more of those for real… like I mean, why do kids only get them???) And recycling them isn’t working that well either because plastic is not fully recyclable like glass is. Every time it ends up in the recycling cycle, it gets ‘downcycled’ and degrades in quality to a point where it cannot be recycled anymore, but just simply thrown away.
Well, I’ve decided to just reduce my use of plastic materials, as much as I can. Don’t get me wrong, it is HARD to do. Because most of the things I love comes in plastic, mostly because most things come in plastic. So, some days are better than others. And I want to go on that journey to see what can be changed by me vs what needs to be changed by our corporations, government, communities to ensure that this world we live in will last for as long as we do.
Can a modern woman still live the same quality of life and kick her plastic habit? In the last two years, I have made various changes to my life and I realized, going completely plastic-free is almost impossible for the everyday person like myself, but there are things that I can change. And then there are things that need to be changed. I will definitely talk more specifics in my next post!
Until then, I’m curious… have you ever thought about how bad plastic is for the environment? Have you ever tried to reduce the use of plastic in your life? What made you change? What specific things in your life have you changed? And what happened afterwards? What keeps you going? Or maybe, you realized it wasn’t for you, in that case, what made you stop?
Let a girl know!