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Day 42 - Plastic Pollution

I keep reading about plastic pollution and thought it was time to talk about it in my blog. Callie and I realized the state of our oceans back in 2016 on a trip to Mexico. We were astounded by the amount of garbage on the beaches and in the ocean. Have you witnessed this? If you haven't, here are some of the stats:

These figures blow my mind! What?! By 2050 fish to plastic ratio will be 1:1. How is that possible? What can we do?

Already some action is being taken but not enough. Countries around the world are slowly taking a stance on banning single use throw away plastic. In fact, 127 countries so far have pledged to make a difference. Is this enough to start making a difference before its too late? Probably not. I don't think we can depend on governments or corporations to make any significant headway. It is up to individuals and communities to spearhead the way to a cleaner way of living.

How can we all make a difference?

Simple, boycott single use plastics. Say good-bye to plastic cutlery, straws, bags, etc. Become conscious of your plastic consumption. Here are some ways to reduce plastic in your life:

1. Avoid buying items packaged in plastic.

2. Use cloth shopping bags.

3. Skip bottled water. Carry a reusable canteen.

4. Upcycle.

5. Bring a reusable mug when you order coffee. S

6. Say "No straw, please."

7. Wear clothing made from natural (not synthetic) materials.

8. Avoid disposable tableware, or use the compostable kind.

9. Don't just discard electronics.

10. Bring your own container for takeout and leftovers.

11. Skip the disposbale razor

12. Say no to free things packaged in plastic (hotel shampoos, mini tubes of toothpaste, etc.)

13. Rethink Your food Storage

14. Shop in Bulk

15. Avoid cheap plastics in fashion (sunglasses, flip-flops, hair accessories)

16. Don't buy what you don't need

Reducing plastic in our lives is only part of the solution. We also need to start making headway on clean up. We have made the mess, now we have to do the dirty work of returning harmony to our planet before it is to late.

Everyone, in every community, can help pick up litter.

In 2016 when we took a family trip to Mexico, Callie and I spent part of our trip picking up litter along the seashore. We picked up multiple bags of garbage from the ocean everyday for ten days. We had visited the same beach 3 years earlier and there was little garbage at that time. By our second visit, the garbage had multiplied and we knew we had to help make a difference. Picking up garbage was the least we could do. It is the job of everyone on this planet to take care of mother earth. I hope Callie will look back and think we did everything we could to make a difference everyday.