The past few months have been a challenge. It's incredibly difficult to watch video after video of ocean life diminishing. There are whales that are beaching in order to die quicker; as a result of, being full of plastic products and lacking the ability to rid there systems of these various products. The sea turtles that have straws stuck through a nostril- you know the videos I'm referring to.
Anyway, this a topic I do feel very passionate about. Since the fourth grade when I was home-schooled and learning about marine biology; I've been so intrigued by the ocean and its life. The depth of the ocean and the breadth of creatures that thrive (or once did) amaze me. At one point I even wanted to be a Marine Biologist- this was not a short lived time...this was my goal. I was going to make a living off of my love for the ocean and all of its creatures-especially the dolphins.
It is breaking my heart to see how much plastic our nation deposits each and every day. National Park Services are issuing campaigns to go straw free. A small fact for you- America alone uses an AVERAGE of 500 million straws EVERY DAY. I will not limit the issue to straws alone, but this is an excellent way to start.
This hot topic is arising just as my dear friend and I have began to discuss our desires to go "zero waste." Do not be fooled- I am nowhere near zero waste. The zero waste mindset is the way to live though. It's a lifestyle of reducing the amount of waste you produce to almost zero. This mentality is saving me plastic in ways that I never would've thought. I'm not asking you to be radical and change your life. What I want is for you to consider these things and see what you can feasibly do to make a difference in our ocean a.k.a. 76% of the entire Earth.
How to help:
-When you order a drink: ask for it to be put in your own glass container, or let a waiter/whoever is servicing you that you do not need a straw. This may seem unsanitary, but if you've ever worked in a kitchen you know how the Hobart works- it kills everything like the highest powered dishwasher.
-Buying groceries: take your own bags that the store provides or a cardboard box to load. Both options carry much easier than those pesky plastic bags that cut off the circulation in your fingers.
-storing in the fridge: try to avoid buying more plastic containers and Ziplock baggies. It make look silly to store a chopped up sweet potato in an old pickle jar. But hey, save the ocean, people!!!
My last post wasn't even about anything, except an introduction to me, and it hit over 400 unique servers and 600 repeat visitors in the US. Please share and please encourage others to consider these three easy steps. Or even just one- do you really need that straw?
Olivia Been. Early twenties. Aspiring event planner and lover of all things floral.