WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOUR HOUSE WAS DROWNING IN PLASTIC? OR WAS ON FIRE? i like to think that you’d do your best to clean it, stop the destruction, prevent it from happening. you want your four walls to be nice and clean but in the meantime often forget that your actual home is in an awful state and needs your love and care and action. yes. OUR PLANET IS DYING. sadly this is something we hear about every now and then, but as a subject it is pretty uncomfortable for the masses, often swept under the rug, because it’s just easier this way, isn’t it? it’s easy to think that one persons effort doesn’t change anything. imagine at least 10% of our population saying that and giving up on making a change. to be honest - i believe there’s more than 10% of us thinking this way; my posts about the Amazon rainforest that reached over million of people out of nowhere proved that to me.
yes, i hear your next words - “but it’s impossible to be fully environmentally friendly, to change in an instant”. that’s true. no lies here. but even small steps count. just as those drops of rain as Lucretius said. it’s all about progress over perfection. staring with step by step eliminating single use plastic from your life, giving yourself the benefit of the doubt, a credit to do something wrong but keep on trying to be better for your mother Earth. learn to respect it.
that someone will do the “dirty work”. guess what? without you being involved that will never happen nor without me. to make you feel inspired to take a step towards taking care of it - here are some stats regarding single-use plastic situation:
- according to a report from the Guardian, an estimated 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced since the 1950s — that’s the equivalent to the weight of more than 800,000 Eiffel Towers; and only 9% of it has been recycled.
-today we produce about 300 million tonnes of plastic waste every year which is almost the weight of the entire population
-every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans
-5 trillion pieces of plastic are currently in the ocean
-if nothing changes our oceans could contain more plastic than fish by 2050
-40% of all plastics produced are single-use plastics (packaging, soda bottles, stars, plastic cups and bags)
-a single use straw can take up to 200 years to biodegrade
-the breakdown of single use plastics lead to small pieces of it being consumed by animals and fish and then end up in our food and water
-every piece of plastic ever produced is still with us in some form
reading is scary, literally impossible to even imagine. may make you feel anxious, but don’t let it stop you.
especially as we are pushed by many to make it big in an instant. it’s not a way to go. slow and steady progress is needed here. not perfection since reaching that in any area of our lives is truly impossible. unless you’re the fastest man on Earth. but still - he ain’t perfect. within this post i am happy to announce that i’ve become an ambassador for plastic free fridays which is all about starting the journey with reducing your single use plastics, starting with fridays and then making them possibly plastic-free-everydays, remembering that it’s all about #progressoverperfection, so don’t expect me or yourself to be perfect, just be better. one step at a time.
from now on i’ll be sharing the journey of mine fighting #forabetterworld,
hoping that you’ll join me along the way and maybe even inspire some of your friends to jump on board.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Sandra Górska
p.s. feel free to share this post wherever, challenge someone to take a pledge to do their best to reduce the plastic waste in their lives. if you post it on your socials or anything inspired by my content related to the topic - remember to tag me @sanofficialx and @plasticfreefridays, let’s raise the awareness and take care of our mother nature together xxx