One of my goals for 2017 (not a resolution, mind you…a goal) is to create far less trash. As we all know, the planet is taking kind of a quick spiral toward the ick, and I’d like to do my small part in preventing that. I think the planet is rather spiffy, after all. 🙂
While I worry about oceans full of plastic and overflowing landfills and global warming, I often find myself behaving like a horrible beast who has no regard for this lovely sphere that’s zooming us thoughout the cosmos in such a nifty fashion.
Let me share some of the horrifying and thoughtless ways that my family is choosing to take part in planetary destruction:
- I use disposable, plastic straws to drink my coffee…every day.
- My husband uses disposable, plastic coffee stirrers…for every cup of coffee.
- Grace takes fruit cups packaged in disposable plastic in her lunch…every day.
- She also takes a disposable, plastic spoon in her lunch…every day.
- John and Grace drink bottled water…every day. (I usually use a reusable cup, but John and Grace don’t like the way our tap water tastes.)
As you can see, we have quite the little theme of “disposable” and “plastic” happening.
Yick! And shame on us!
(Really, I feel quite terrible…like some sort of mindless consumer with no regard for the health of our awesome and huge spherical spaceship. How could a person with such love for critters and nature and science be acting in such a way??? It makes no sense!)
Well, obviously, I’ve decided to take some steps to improve my behavior. Here’s what I plan to do (and if you’re guilty of some of the same behaviors, maybe you can take some of the same steps…that would be neat…it’d be like we’re “let’s not destroy the planet” buddies):
- I will stop using straws for drinking my coffee. It will be weird and bothersome, but I’m sure I’ll get used to it. If I don’t get used to it, I’ll look into a more permanent straw solution. I know they make washable, reusable straws. (But are they bendy? Oh, I do love a nice bendy straw. *sigh*) No more disposable straws!
- I will encourage my husband to use a bloomin’ spoon instead of a coffee stirrer. (I’ve never been super-clear on why he doesn’t do this anyway, but we all have our quirks.) If he can’t stand to give up the stirrers, I’ll start buying wooden ones…at least then we can keep the used ones for kindling and whatnot. Sounds a bit weird, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.
- At the grand age of 15, I think Grace is ready for the super-grown up and responsible task of taking an honest-to-goodness metal spoon to school each day…and getting that puppy back home again for washing. It’s a mighty responsibility, but I think she’s up to it. 😉
- And what will she be using that spoon for? The fresh fruit that I’ll be cutting up and putting in reusable containers…no more fruit cup trash (and probably better for her anyway).
- I’m a little more perplexed by the bottled water. I don’t want to discourage my people from drinking lots of water, but I’d like them to do it in a way that’s a bit more snuggly to Earth. I’m thinking one of those pitcher filter thingies could be the answer. I’m also thinking I’ll dual purpose the fresh fruit that I’m buying for Grace’s lunches and make flavored water…because I know John will drink that…I’ve seen him do it. 🙂
I know they all sound like ridiculously obvious and small steps to take, but when I think of the hundreds of straws, stirrers, fruit cups, bottles, and spoons that won’t be going into the trash this year (and just from our little three-person family!), it makes my heart happy. 🙂
What about you? Will you be taking any steps to be kinder to the planet this year? Have you already done away with disposable plastic in your life? (If so, go you!) Do you know of a good filter-y pitcher thingy that will help my people stop using disposable plastic bottles?
Are you interested in lots of inspiration and ideas for being gentler with our spiffy space rock? You should totally check out The Snail of Happiness! She may not know it, but she’s the voice in my head whenever I throw a piece of plastic away or do something planetarily unkind.
Be kind…to yourself, to each other, to the planet. ♡