The team of Saving The Hungry is passionate about eliminating plastic products as everyday we see the damaging effects. For example, in South Africa two lion cubs were caught playing with a plastic bag and just last month a dead Sperm Whale washed up on the shores of Southern Indonesia with over 13 pounds of plastic trash in its stomach. The garbage included more than 100 plastic cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags, two flip-flops and hundreds of other pieces of plastic. These are just two examples of how this has become a global issue, which we need to make a conscious effort to change. So, what can we do to play our part?
Say NO to plastic bags
Next time you do your shop, bring reusable bags from home. Not only will you save money, but you will also be making your contribution to the environment. Store them in the trunk of your car or on a hook at the back door; this way you won’t be tempted to say ‘yes’ to plastic when you leave your bags at home.
The Last Straw
Coffee Shops use disposable coffee cups, often with a plastic lining and straws that cannot be recycled and end up in the ocean. Canadians throw away an estimated 50 million plastic straws per day. Bring your own reusable cup and invest in a metal or bamboo straw.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
By reducing, reusing and recycling we could make an immediate impact on our environment. Recycling is not just about separating cardboard and plastic, it’s about changing our mindset to better understand how and if products can be recycled. What about using a refill coffee filter instead of the Keurig single K Cups? Or buying soaps and detergents that can be refilled? Our mindset must change before our environment does.
Like all global issues, the problem can feel too great to make an impact on individually. But it’s not. Rather than sitting around and worrying about the planet and whether or not our grandchildren will live on, we need to act and be the change agent for generations to come. Remember the famous Gandhi phrase: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Every act and every decision will positively have an impact. To learn more about how this problem and how to help, we highly recommend the documentary on Netflix: A Plastic Ocean by Craig Leeson and Mindy Elliott.