Why we need to talk to each other about plastic

plastic straws in a drink

Right now many of us are thinking the same thing - Plastic is officially bad news. We’ve all seen the images of marine animals tangled up in plastic waste and the ruined beaches. We read the statistics every day. But are we actually talking to each other about it?

You may have made a habit of cutting plastic waste in your own life. Bringing your reusable cup to the café, your water bottle to work and your tote bag to the supermarket. You're in control. But we aren’t always in control. Think about what happens when we get together with friends, family or colleagues at parties, meetings, events, workshops, classes etc. More people + less time = polystyrene cups, plastic straws, cutlery, and bin bags ?

Collectively, we still haven’t got out of the plastic habit, the idea that disposable is easier. If your boss hands you a cup of tea in a polystyrene cup or your Uncle puts a plastic straw in your Christmas cocktail, is it really ok to refuse?

Yes, it is. But it can be hard to speak out in groups and nobody wants to be a nag, But with approx 8 million (that’s 8,000,000) pieces of plastic pollution finding their way into our oceans, we do need to talk about it and encourage others to do their "One Small Thing..."  to reduce plastic pollution. We don't mean condemnations or demands, but just bringing up the plastic problem in a conversation and asking “why has it been difficult to cut the plastic,” “how do you feel about it,” “do we really need this,” “what small thing could we do together” or "this is what I do" could be the beginning of something really significant. We are so much stronger when we support each other. Sometimes all we need is a little confidence.

Be active around plastic pollution. But also be talkative!

What do you think?