Stop Sucking

In the last post, I touched on self consciousness and how societal standards can contribute to that. In this post, I wanted to touch on a subject that you all have probably been seeing a whole lot of lately. STRAWS, yes STRAWS! But let’s not just stop there, let’s talk about how plastic is like a friendly neighbor walking down the street because we are so familiar with seeing it everywhere.

Straws ARE A HUGE problem in our environment. I can bet that you can’t walk a mile without encountering a straw somewhere on the street, I mean unless you live in some untouched forest which of course wouldn’t be untouched if you live there. The point is these little convenient, yet absolutely unnecessary, little plastic tubes are a hazard to everything and everyone. If you haven’t yet seen the video of the sea turtle with the straw stuck in its nose- check it out here. It is just devastating watching the poor turtle bleed and suffer because of our careless waste. To add insult to injury straws are not collected in any curbside recycling programs according to earth911.com.

So what do we do? It’s simple. STOP USING STRAWS! They are pointless anyway. If you can’t stop using straws, buy paper straws that can be recycled and wont sit around in our waters long enough for them to get stucked up a turtle’s nose. There are also some companies coming up with cool little reusable travel straws that also come with a straw cleaner so you don’t have to worry about it getting gross.

Now let’s move on to another plastic that is very unnecessary. PLASTIC BAGS. Have you read about the whale that died from ingesting 80 plastic bags it must have mistaken for squid? Well here is the link for that too. If you don’t seem to be very affected by this poor whale, how about when you walk down the street and a plastic bag slaps you in the face? Does that not bother you? Just the other day I took me 3-year- old son to the playground and as he slid down the slide the wind blew and guess what? A plastic bag slapped him right in the side of the head. He thought it was hilarious, but I was FIRST, disappointed that there is trash all over my neighborhood and SECOND grossed all the way out because I don’t know what else that plastic bag has rolled around in before landing on my child’s face. The same grocery stores that give you these bags USUALLY have a bin that you can place your old bags in, and I believe every store sells reusable bags. I’m not saying buy them all at once but you can buy one every time you shop until you have enough bags to carry your shopping orders OR you can even opt for PAPER bags and skip the plastic.

We need to stop the use of plastic in general. My 3 year old son is constantly littering and getting in trouble for it BECAUSE he sees trash on the floor outside, he thinks it is completely normal. WE ARE NORMALIZING LITTERING and this is NOT okay. I don’t know if I am the only person negatively affected mentally by trash on the street. It is like anxiety from a messy house or too much laundry to me. I know a cluttered house can give people anxiety but why doesn’t trash on your streets and ocean invoke the same feeling? We eat fish from the ocean, we use the earth’s waters for recreational use and to live from; Yet we sit on the beaches and let all our trash get blown away? I don’t think we are being fair to our planet, ourselves or the future generations that will have to clean up after us in hopes of surviving. If we keep polluting this way, the Earth will eventually “get sick” and the small amounts of potable (drinkable) water will be gone. If you think gas costs a lot now, imagine how much water will cost when clean water is scarce. What is the point of investing for your future children and grandchildren when the one necessity they need to survive is all full of trash and pollution?

Below are some pictures I took at a local park (Pope John Paul II park in Boston, Ma.). The trash found is about 10 to 15 steps away from the ocean.

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Caution Tape Ocean Trash.

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A cup of Ocean Water

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Nasty Net

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Sour Patch Trash Drinking Tequila

 

WE ARE NOT OUTSIDE THE ENVIRONMENT WE ARE SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF IT, WE ARE PART OF IT. If we can’t take care of that part of us, how do we expect to take care of our full selves?

 

Please Share your thoughts in the comments. How does litter and trash in your oceans make you feel? What steps will you take to make our oceans cleaner? Maybe tell the waiter to hold the straw? Thanks for reading!

2 thoughts on “Stop Sucking

  1. Every day I realize more and more how everything is connected. Just life in general. How can you help others if you can’t yourself and how can we not realize that taking care of the environment is doing BOTH at the same time. We have everything we need to succeed in life in us and AROUND us from the day we are born. Keeping a healthy environment for our future generations to thrive in is better than money. Thanks, this was insightful.

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    1. I am happy that my blog gave you some insight as to how we are part of the environment! I am also happy you are start I g to have that realization that if we care for the environment we are caring for ourselves amd others at the same time that’s an awesome connection you made. Thank you for reading 😊

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