The Reason for Sustainability
What if I told you there was a time when plastic wasn't mainstream? Can you imagine living your life without plastic surrounding you? Plastic has only become popular since the 1960's. Since then, the use of single-use plastics have infiltrated our life and society in general. Though there are a few reasons plastic can be helpful, the fact remains that each bit of plastic that has been manufactured is STILL on this planet in some way, shape or form.
Plastic takes hundreds of years to break down, and even that process produces microplastics that end up in our oceans, atmosphere, and marine life (yeah, even the ones you eat!).
As daunting as that all sounds, there's easy ways you can help! Replacing single-use plastic items with sustainable options that will last a long time, or biodegrade quickly and naturally is a great place to start.
Sometimes it can be as easy as saying "No thank you" to plastic bags!
Doing research and staying informed on all products you buy will help you make smarter sustainable purchases. Going back to reusable natural fibers and materials that are meant to last is not only cost effective, but also great for getting rid of plastic that will sit in our environment for 400-600 years.
I have always loved nature and when I became a mom I started thinking about the future of our planet and our environment for generations to come. I certainly didn’t turn into a hippie-dippie plastic-hater overnight.
Even now, I know the facts and I still am not 100 percent zero-waste, but what we need is not a few people doing zero-waste perfectly… we need a million people trying their best to do as much as they can.
As a child you are taught that the Earth provides us with air to breathe, food to eat, water to drink, etc and that we should take care of the Earth. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair. When we grow up, we tend to focus on cheap, quick, and convenient.