In the past several months, since it was brought to my attention, I have been conscious of every time I use and throw in the garbage, a piece of plastic. It's insidious how it has taken over our lives!
Think about it. You go to the store. Everything in that store is either packaged in one of four things, plastic, steel, aluminum, or glass.
Fresh fruit, plastic bag. Meats, plastic. Bakery, plastics. Pharmacy, plastic bottles. Milk, eggs, bread, chips, soda, WATER, all plastics. Checkout bags, all plastic. ALL SINGLE USE PLASTICS! We are burying ourselves in plastics, our oceans are filled with garbage piles thousands of square miles in size, and none of it degrades for hundreds of years. We are running out of space for garbage disposal in landfills. We are burning garbage so it doesn't end up in landfills, thereby polluting our air.
We have alternatives, but business will say it's not cost-efficient. (Profit) The petrochemical industry will not allow alternatives, like hemp and other biodegradable plant-based plastics.
I ask one thing. Become conscious of what you personally use on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Each time you use a piece of plastic, make a mental note of it. Before long, you will come to realize just how much non-degradable garbage each of us produces. Then multiply that by the BILLIONS of persons on this planet and you will finally see that we cannot continue down this path. We are slowly but surely killing our planet and ourselves. It must change.
Am I an environmentalist? Yes, proudly I am. Am I a realist? Very much so. I know it won't change overnight, but every step forward is a step in the right direction.
Realization is the key, because unless you understand what you are doing and the consequences that go with those decisions, you will never see the need to change!
May peace be with all of you, thanks.