The featured photo (above) is the cover of the monthly digest published by Healthy Options.
It’s a 12-page spread that kept me up for 3 nights — reading, rereading, and thinking about the (good and bad) contribution I made to the environment and how in the world can I help in my own little way. It’s that powerful to make me question every piece of trash I throw in the bin, and even lose my big appetite to the bag of chips I was so excited to dig in, while I revamp the weekly grocery list crossing out the packaged (not so) goods.
Curious? Interested? They give copies for free! Given that you buy something from the store.
Now where do we begin? HMMM. (Deep, heavy breathing)
How ’bout some real talk, you and I, while I figure out the HOWs and maybe we can come up with a solution afterwards? Yes? YES!
Before anything else, a question!
Have you ever given a thought about where your trash goes each time you toss it out?
Looks simple, I know. Anything we consume or simply want to discard, we dispose and segregate; the waste management collects; and poof! Off to the landfill; to new useful materials; or to new crops the junk goes. As if ending up in their respective dump site is their version of happily ever after of which we decided to tell, eh? Well, well, well….that’s where the problem begins. We pat our backs thinking our job is done just because we properly disposed our litter, then we blindly believe we are entitled to buy new this and new that from here and there, only to dump again later on.
We need a reality check, real quick! Happy endings only exist where Disney decided where to end the fairy tale; not here on Earth where the trash we ought to put away never goes away, because:
1. REGARDLESS THE REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE MANTRA — THE UGLY TRUTH IS, A WHOPPING 91% OF PLASTIC ISN’T RECYCLED WHICH MEANS THAT,
2. ALMOST EVERYTHING YOU CAN FIND IN THE LANDFILL IS PLASTIC – WHICH TAKES A MINIMUM OF 500 YEARS TO DECOMPOSE.
3. AS A MATTER OF FACT, THIS IS WHERE OUR GARBAGE GOES
Now tell me if you can still throw that plastic bag and walk away in peace. Bless your soul.
I get it. It’s 2017. We live in a world where information is just a tap on the screen; communication is as simple as hitting the like button; technology getting smarter and smarter every day (even smarter than we are, sometimes) — all to make our lives easier and more convenient. So those one-time use plastics, straws, and other disposables belong to the same equation. Who can say no to the easy, grab-and-go option single-serve plastics offer? Especially in this fast-paced world where we see time as money, it’s easy to fall prey to the so-called convenience these disposables offer.
But again, it’s 2017.
IT’S ALREADY 2017.
I don’t want to sound ungrateful as if I don’t ever enjoy the benefit, but is the complimentary ticket to skip the dirty dishes really worth the steep price that the wildlife, marine life, the whole of humanity, moreso the future generation, pay?
You bet we’re dragging the innocent kids in this issue because that “plastic island” our generation is ever so skeptic about is not going anywhere unless we act upon it now, at this Godly hour. Or else they will grow up in a world where even their greatest and most concerted effort to do something about it is deemed futile and last minute. And all the odds and the ends we owe mother nature today, our great great great grandchildren will have to pay in their time.
Slow, rhythmic clap.
Whether the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a fact or a fiction, the perennial problem about plastics taking over and crowding the landfills remain true. They are going to stay, sit ugly, and crowd the dump sites for another millennium, or who knows, maybe forever. Imagine the pile that accumulates, or the swarm that finds its way into the waterways, leading to the vast seas and later on to the pacific ocean, every single day. Or the scraps that get stuck in the waterways, clogging the drainage system. Come rainy days and we’ll blame the government, the people living near the esteros, the construction workers, the birds, and the bees, and everyone and everything for the unexpected water and flash floods.
Please. We have not much time left to point our fingers and go passive aggressive over things we can be proactive about.
(Geez. Dr. Seuss always has the right words to say)
So unless you don’t ever get your hands on to these:
(Photo from The Top 10 items that are polluting our oceans)
Then ignore me and go ahead live your zero-waste life. You have my utmost respect. But if you’re like me and the 99% of the populace, let’s ask ourselves:
(This deserves a detailed write-up but hey let’s start with the little BIG things like: return the plastic to ate/manang and place your purchase in your bag; bring an eco-bag on your next trip to the grocery; NIX THE PLASTIC; forget the straw, it causes wrinkles anyway; use BPA free water bottle and bring baon instead of buying bottled waters; choose to walk > sidecar…it’s the little things that count!)
what else do you have? Share with me your brilliant minds!
Dr. Seuss might just have an excellent suggestion 💡