Plain and simple our choices matter. We have a responsibility to ourselves, the world around us, and future generations. How could we change the world if we gave up convenience and ease for respect and responsibility? It’s not about pointing fingers and assigning guilt. It’s about taking the time to make your choice your voice for a new future.
I enjoy a good party filled with decorations and goodie bags as much as anyone else. I love the thrill of seeing a balloon disappear into the upper atmosphere and who doesn’t wonder at the awesomeness of a helium induced chipmunk voice? However, I didn’t know that years of partaking in such shenanigans has actually caused the world’s supply of helium to run low enough that it has garnered the attention of congress.
It never ceases to amaze me how much our choices really impact the world around us. I hope that I can grow to be a more mindful consumer.
My quest to be more mindful of what I’m consuming has not only changed my eating habits but also the products that I’m purchasing. I’m trying my best not to be a wasteful person but at times I feel like the world around me is pushing (sometimes forcing) me to produce a lot of unnecessary trash.
A few months ago I watched a great documentary on plastic called “Bag It”. It’s all about one man’s quest to see the real impact single use plastic items have not only on the environment, but our health and pocketbooks too. If you have the time, watch it. (It’s available on Netflix)
I have been bringing my own bags to the grocery store pretty consistently for the last few years. In April, I made the choice to rev up my efforts to no longer take any plastic shopping bags. It has been an interesting transition and I have gotten some strange looks as I’ve carried purchases out of the store sans a bag. I made a pact with myself that if I somehow forgot my reusable bags and couldn’t carry what I purchased I would have to buy new bag. This has actually really help me. I’ve had to purchase a bag 3 or 4 times and I finally found a great one that’s thin enough to carry in my wallet.
I saw this commercial the other day and it really bothered me.
I know the convenience of bottled water is great and can be super helpful at times but it’s odd to me that you wouldn’t drink from a cup at home. I know that there are all kinds of reasons people choose to drink bottled water. My hope is that people really start to think if they should drink bottled water.
Last but not least are disposable cups, especially the ones from those famous coffee shops. I love to sit at a coffee house chatting it up with friend. I’ve taken to ordering my drink in a mug instead of a disposable cup that I might use for a half hour. It’s a small change but I know the impact is great. If each one of us would transition to reusable mugs we would literally start a revolution that impacts the entire world.
Ok. I’m done standing on my soapbox for the day. I make no claims to be an expert. I’m just doing my best to sort through all the facts, filters, and propaganda out there. I hope that you will join me in being a more mindful consumer. Here’s to no plastic shopping bags, plastic drink bottles, or disposable cups.
I was just reading this amazing and terrifying article on the Scientific American website. To think that in a generation rhinos, elephants, and a multitude of other animals will no longer be seen in the wild and the world just sat by and let it happen is beyond words. How to we take a step back and replenish what we have destroyed? What can we do when were so far removed from the problem? Just what I’m thinking about today.