Of course I’m not allergic to plastic. Rather, I simply cannot stand the idea of something being used just that one time. At the parties we eat on disposable plates with disposable cutlery and drink from disposable glases. My – and I’m sure also your – grandparents would probably cry seeing that kind of waste.
But really, isn’t the disposable lifestyle just about what is common today? I mean, we pick up those little cups from the water dispenser and throw them way. We pick up a cup of coffee on the go and throw it away. We buy a bottle of water and throw it away. We buy stuff and pack it in plastic bags and yes – throw them away (and it’s not very different with mobile phones and computers).
I deny myself to this kind of landfill behaviour. I have a simple rule in life which I would like to share with you: Once is not enough. For whatever I buy, I try to consider it. That is why I opt for unpacked things like bulk-food or simply vegetables and fruit. It takes a little planning to get around disposable plastic, like for example bringing you own tools from home, but it’s really not that hard.
Luckily, I am not alone with this neurosis. I have got the Plastic Pollution Coalition on my side and with them a bunch of surfers, hikers and other people who care about our environment. Visit their site to take the pledge to refuse: “Disposable plastics are the greatest source of plastic pollution. Plastic bags, straws, bottles, utensils, lids, cups and so many others offer a small convenience but remain forever. REFUSE disposable plastics! Follow the “4 Rs” of sustainable living: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”
The Plastic Pollution Coalition is trying to push our awareness on all the plastic we are using with two goals:
- End the global dependence on disposable plastic, the primary source of plastic pollution.
- Reduce the overall global plastic footprint for individuals, businesses and organizations.
They use campaigns and education to reach these goals as well as encourage alternatives of plastic. Personally, I have another suggestion to make which is more on a policy level (the design might still might need some work on it):
Obviously we could experiment also with pictures let’s say of the lungs of the earth being destroyed to extract oil to make plastic of; or of our oceans being filled up with plastic and the fish dying because of that, etc. I would imagine having these prints on all disposable products. Would you support that kind of policy? (I somehow feel it would also help me with my party problem).