Last year, I gave up plastic bags as my New Year’s Resolution. Looking back, I am proud that 95% of the time I carry reusable bags into stores.
- I have insisted no bag, as I carry my items out like a weirdo.
- I have had my share of take out restaurants bag my food, it seems too hard to explain it and I give in. (I’m looking at you take out Thai and your delicious curry).
- Much to my husband’s irritation, I buy yet another new reusable bag.
I see this as an overall win. What made it most worth this relatively small change, was the discussion opportunity it opened up. I’ve talked about plastic bags all year. It became a part of me, part of my personality. I’m pretty sure everyone I come into conversation with knows my feelings on plastic now.
I thought a lot about what I wanted to tackle in 2019; practice yoga, drink more water, do more work, do less bad, do more good, eat cleaner, workout harder, cut down on screen time, and my personal fav: write in my blog more.
Everyone has tried these resolutions, I’ve tried all and most, multiple times… Drinking more water is the only thing that stuck, until now.
So what made this year different? I had a purpose beyond me. If I saved a couple of bags, great. But that wasn’t were the value was. It was in a social conversation. The connections that I made by opening up about something I am passionate about without hesitation or fear of judgement. I believe in and am fiercely dedicated to this cause I’ve dedicated an large part of my study to single use plastics.
For the next year I’m going to keep the focus and momentum to reduce single use plastics. An essential part of me is my love of the ocean. I love all water, our rivers and lakes. They are beautiful but their value is beyond; it’s an essential part of our ecosystem. Therefore I am committed to go plastic cup and straw free this year.
Don’t get me wrong, just typing that is so scary! It’s a big under taking, and it will not be easy in any way. But I’m ready. I will figure it out, get creative, think ahead.
The important part to me isn’t one straw. It’s passing the knowledge along. One straw, one bag, one cup. What difference does that make? It makes a difference, every piece makes a difference. If every person I talk to looks at their straw at a restaurant and thinks, ‘I don’t need these at home, why do I need it here?’ The thought has been planted, meaningful connections between cause and effect, and hopefully changes a few perspectives along the way.