Week Three: Drowning in Plastic

I was in Walmart for the first time since embarking on this Zero Waste Journey; I felt like I was in The Twilight Zone (intro music plays…) with aisles and aisles stocked from floor to ceiling with plastic cups, coolers, straws and crafts. I must make a choice. A choice between trying to help planet earth and reduce waste long term or to serve myself out of convenience by continuing to use the toxic plastics surrounding me.

Almost everything we consume is encased in plastic. If not a plastic bottle then a plastic wrap of some sort. It seems the “stop sucking” movement has made an impact to stop the use of plastic straws. That’s fantastic! But, why stop there?

Stopping the use of plastic straws are just the beginning. We had to start somewhere though. So what’s next? Where do we go from here?

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Do we address shampoo bottles, milk jugs, Saran Wrap, zip loc bags, sneakers, Crocs, etc. The list of plastic products is infinite.

As I walk slower and slower through the aisles of Walmart, almost in a zombie like state, I am drowning in this vast sea of plastic products. I am second guessing product choices and looking at plastic cups in disgust because of the vision of an ocean overflowing with trash.

This is a challenge. Rather a battle over what and who to put first: Me, Myself and I or the generations after me including the health and well being of the planet and all of its ecosystems. Hmmm, when you write it down and put it that way, the choice is crystal clear.

It’s clear that we all need to be a little more selfless, be a little more aware of what we are consuming and have the courage to give up most of the plastics we are surrounded by.

Trying to go Zero Waste is definitely a journey. Sometimes a rough ride because it requires mental strength, persistence and willpower with a willingness to give up a lot of modern day conveniences.

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