Why? I've made some conscious attempts to avoid single-use plastic for the last while - using tote bags, my glass coffee cup, Glastonbury Festival themed water bottle and carrying around tuppaware for the last 6 months. However, after watching the latest public service announcement from Jeff Bridges and the Plastic Pollution Coalition I was reminded just how much we do throw away and how much of the stuff I still consume. "When did we become a plastic society?", Jeff ponders in his dulcit tones, "Every bit of plastic that has ever been made still exists."
What happens to the plastic we throw out? Watch the video below
But there is some good news; like the story of Naranyana Peesapaty of Bakeys who has developed the edible spoon to tackle the single-use cutlery industry. There's still time to support his Kickstarter campaign here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1240116767/edible-cutlery-the-future-of-eco-friendly-utensils?ref=thanks_link
And creative displays from our future leaders like Melati and Isabel from The Green School Bali offer a healthy dose of inspiration too.
So starting April 1st I will try my very darndest to avoid the most fleeting plastic in our lives - the plastics we use briefly and throw away without consideration; single use plastic for one month. Cold turkey.
I want to experience how difficult it is and to grow more aware of how invasive it is in our lives. Are we addicted to the stuff?
Being currently based in Santa Monica will help I think, the local co-operative supermarket already caters for those bringing their own containers for pulses and dried goods. As an aside, I've already taken part in a few lunar intention setting ceremonies - this time round I may not have aligned with the lunar calendar but I'm hoping the Gregorian calendar can put me in good stead too. :)
Each day I'll post a short update on how I am getting on, watch this space.
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