If you recently started your eco-journey, or feel like your sustainable decisions so far are having no impact on reducing plastic waste, this post is for you.
As you can see, plastics are used in virtually every industry that exists on this earth - and more than 76% end up as waste in our oceans and on land. Not only that, almost 50% of this plastic waste is used just once - our disposables.
Governments’ lack of action to reduce this waste and businesses’ focus on growth at the expense of the environment are major reasons why industries continue to create so much unnecessary plastic waste. The common underlying factor for both government and businesses, though, is you.
Governments serve you the citizen, and businesses serve you the consumer. This means that the ultimate power of what they should and shouldn’t do, lies with you!
When you take a stance against pollution, you push your government and businesses to be more sustainable so they can keep serving you. And remember, you’re not alone! As you encourage friends and family to take a stance too, you’re joining an entire global movement of people who have also taken a stance. This collective action puts pressure on our biggest polluters to change.
Still skeptical that your decisions can help create a sustainable world? Here are some positive facts:
As you can see, grassroots action is very important in the fight against plastic waste. It helps create awareness in our communities and the spaces around us and helps push for more accountability from those supposed to serve us. So whenever you feel overwhelmed, or feel like things may never get better - just look around you! There’s constant good news, and positive change going on because we all continue to push for change.
As we head into Plastic Free July, let this be a friendly reminder that what you’re doing matters!
Make your transition to a zero-waste lifestyle super smooth by checking out my Zero-Waste Weekly Planner. Don’t forget to share this with a friend who may also need a little pick-me-up.