Did you know that over the past 10 years, we have produced more plastic products than the entirety of the last century? The demand for plastic has obviously caused this-- when consumers ask, the market responds. We as humans have made single-use plastic such an integral part of our daily lives and it just seems like we have lost sight of how consequential this is on our natural environment.
When you think of the fact that plastic kills more than 1 million sea birds and over 100,000 marine animals annually, it should make us never want to touch another piece of disposable plastic ever again. But we humans want convenience and single-use plastic is so commonplace and so widespread these days, tackling the plastic-related environmental issues seems like an insurmountable obstacle.
We can't change the damage that has already been done and that weighs heavily on our hearts at Water Gallery. But we can all start making better choices in our daily drinking vessels as well as food containers and utensils-- show the plastic manufacturers that the demand for plastic is slowing down! Show them that we are no longer interested in consuming food and beverages in single-use plastic containers! Sending a message with our wallets by not buying plastic is one of the most powerful things we can do.
And there are choices we can make that go beyond what we buy. For example, bring your own silverware and reusable drinking vessels with you when you go to a backyard bbq, a work party, or a street fair. You may get some strange looks from people around you, but those are the moments that you can really help others understand WHY this is so important, the "teachable" moments.
Explain that the plastic fork that you would have used and then chucked into a garbage can was either going to end up in a landfill or in the ocean and with the minimal effort it took to pack yourself a reusable fork, you made a big difference in the life of a marine animal. Your small gesture made a huge stride in the right direction.
And if you can, through your simple responsible environmental actions, compel one person to make a small change like this, you've been part of the change you want to see on several levels. Spread the word to your friends, family, and co-workers about how important these daily choices are and it will have a rippling effect. Don't our natural environment and animals deserve these small human sacrifices we can all make? The answer is an unequivocal yes, in our opinion.
Remember, always reduce, reuse, recyle. Small, everyday changes can make a big difference.