For the month May, I have decided to participate in the may plastic-free challenge even though I refuse most single-use plastics in my daily life already. I’ll tell you why. I believe it is my obligation to leave this beautiful earth better than the way I found it and I will do everything I can to make sure she survives our egocentrism. It pisses me off like you won’t believe that when I leave my home and take what should be a beautiful walk, I see trash everywhere. Plastic wrap, plastic bottles, caps, bags, cutlery, cigarettes, it is absolutely everywhere. The trash isn’t even where the problem starts, the problem begins when we buy the unnatural non-degradable chemical crap (yes, excuse my French, but I don’t have another word for it).
You see, the problem with plastic is that it does not biodegrade, it just breaks up into micro pieces and leaks chemicals. The microplastics end up being eaten by wildlife, they then die from a stomach full of plastic.
I fully understand plastic is cheap and easy and everywhere, so hard to refuse but let’s be honest we are just guests here, who are we, such young species to destroy the life that’s been around long before we were, who the hell gave us that right? We should cherish the beautiful, breathtaking earth that gave us life in the first place.
Okay, so now we are all clear on the fact that we should all stop being so damn selfish and not live like we own the place, let us talk solutions. Walk around your house for me, look at every plastic bottle you have in your kitchen cabinet or in your bathroom drawer, how many of them do you really need? How many of those could’ve been a result of an excellent and cheap DIY or could’ve been bought in a glass bottle instead?
When you go to the supermarket, how many times do you buy a plastic bag? Please, try to bring your own! And now we’re on the subject, in the supermarket, look around, try to become aware of how much plastic you see. Why is there an onion, peeled and wrapped in plastic? An onion has its own peal. It is ridiculous. Let’s make a pact, once you’re in your local grocery store, try to buy your produce without plastic. There will be instances where you don’t have a choice, in that case, buy the product and leave the plastic behind so the store will see you refuse the plastic and they will have to dispose of it.
In the upcoming weeks, I will be showing the steps I take in my home to produce less plastic waste. I hope it will be an eye-opening experience for all of us. I mean these are all simple steps we can take to make this world a better place for the next generation and more importantly to apologize to our fellow earthlings for the damage we have already done. Who are you not to take this change? Who are you to destroy this earth? Who are you to enable other to kill other living beings every single day?