What started as necessary for our changing family dynamics, has become our killer. Let’s start many years ago when many families had to have 2 working parents to pay the bills. Up popped fast food chains and tv dinners. Anyone remember Hungry Man meals??? How were they made convenient? Pre-made, pre-packaged and handed to you in bags. Not much has changed since then except the materials.
Now we have plastic killing our marine life, washing dead whales onto beaches, turtles with straws in their nostrils and plastic can wraps cutting off limbs from countless animals. Our oceans are strewn with plastic and litter because we have become too lazy to throw things in a trash can. A trash can, people. It’s there for a reason.
Our “need” for convenience is not only killing us, it’s killing the planet. This is not ok. We created this mess, it is up to us to fix it. I challenge each and every single one of you that reads this to begin, today, to make a difference. Share this blog with your family and friends and start a challenge or contest. Who can “clean up their act” the best. Need ideas? Here you go; see how many you can incorporate in the next 7 days.
- Buy reusable grocery bags and keep them in your car at all times. After you empty them, put them with your keys and wallet to take back out to the car the next day or place them in your car right after unloading.
- Use beeswax wrap instead of plastic wrap
- NEVER buy single use plastic ever again: grocery bags, zip bags, plastic wrap. There are so many options available now. Silicone zip bags, silicone food huggers, beeswax wrap, and many other options. Find countless items right here.
- Keep a small box of items in your car: silicone food containers (for doggy bag use), bamboo utensils instead of plastic for grab and go meals and picnics, metal straws for drinks, reusable shopping bags to carry anything!!!
This week, I challenge you to go room by room and start unloading everything that is killing you and us and everyone around us. Write a list of items to purchase once they are used up. Begin today to make a difference in the world.
What will you do to clean up your act?