07 Aug It Starts With a Plastic Bag
I have a vague recollection of when this “sustainable living thing” became prominent in my life.
I knew I needed to live lighter on the planet, I was at the same time an avid protester. I felt really angry about what is happening to our planet. I was protesting logging, over fishing, and to protect our beautiful wilderness.
I took the train, rode my bike and did my bit. The smaller day to day actions weren’t necessarily on my radar.
I knew plastic bags were bad, so I avoided them as much as a I could, well looking back on it, I avoided them whenever it was convenient. I’d find myself at the shops without my reusable bags and just decide well this one bag won’t hurt. I would then reuse that bag again as a bin liner and will feel good that I gave that bag two uses. Either way, I was doing my bit.
I read a stat somewhere that states we use a plastic bag for an average of 5 mins, meanwhile it takes up 1000 years to degrade. It will never completely disappear, it breaks down into tiny pieces… just polluting our planet. Worldwide we use 10 billion plastic bags in a week – A WEEK.
So this little faux paux of a plastic bag now and then, was no longer okay with me. I made a decision no more plastic bags, not even for convenience sake. That shift in me forced me to be more conscious about my behavior. I had to take a reusable bag with me where ever I go. Not a problem, just needs a bit of extra thinking. Now it’s a habit, if I do ever get caught without a reusable bag, I use a cardboard box, or I don’t buy it then.
Inspiration -> A decision to change -> acting in line with that change -> habit -> A new Norm is formed!
So no matter what it is, the first step is making the decision to change,and then it’s taking the steps from there to follow through with it.
One step at a time.