World Ocean Day

On Earth Day when I outlined some of what I thought were practical for me ideas to reduce plastic waste, I ventured forth with great intentions. I was a little smug, full of my “look-how-good-I’m-doing-ness”. I was so sure I had this down.

 

I was wrong.

 

At first it went well: I carried my water bottle. I used my metal straw. I froze meat in silicone bags instead of Ziplock. But I started noticing things. It was hard to find places to refill my water bottle (it’s petite size didn’t help.) I was sticking my metal straw in a single use plastic cup with a plastic cover. I needed more (and larger) options to the silicone bags. I kept hearing this voice in my head: “are you REALLY doing enough?”

 

I’m not sure I am.

 

“We’re going to need a bigger water bottle”

 

Plastic pollution has become a huge issue for the world’s oceans. Single use plastic, the very convenient, very disposable kind is particularly problematic.

 

Today is World Ocean Day. It’s focus: preventing plastic pollution. I’m realistic to know I can’t cut out all plastic. I can however do much, much better. My goal for the summer: reduce my plastic usage 3:1. That is, for every three times I would normally use plastic, I will use an alternative. Especially challenging is that it’s summer. I’m traveling, eating out, and eating outside. So much plastic usage potential. But, if I can change my actions over the next three months, it may just become a habit.

 

Reusable cups for cold drinks.

 

Hopefully I can remember my grocery bags.

 

  One thought on “World Ocean Day

  1. June 8, 2018 at 10:11 am

    I hate that every time I am in a restaurant they put a straw in my glass. I don’t drink through straws. And I know they just throw it away when they clean the table. Grr!

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    • June 8, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      I know! I try to remember to say no straw but I forget too often.

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  2. June 8, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Good reminder that we all need to do more. I’m going to attempt your 3:1 strategy – I need to build some better habits myself.

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    • June 8, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      That’s awesome! I’m anxious to hear how you do!

      Like

  3. June 8, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    The 3:1 ratio thing is a good idea! As long as your consciously thinking about making a change – every little helps!

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