It's 9 a.m. and I'm walking through a very busy parking on my way to work along with my other colleagues. I'm holding on to my Joco reusable coffee cup sipping my coffee and looking around to see what other people are drinking, I realize I'm the only one who isn't drinking out of a disposable cup. At this moment I doubt myself and wonder if it's worth it to make the changes I have chosen to make. If you're wondering what change that is, I'm trying (and I emphasize trying) to reduce my waste footprint on the earth.
Choices are all around me. Plastic bags at the grocery store, a plastic lid on my hot drink, drinking out of a straw, saying yes to a plastic water bottle, etc. It goes on and on. You've probably heard that plastic is a problem, but you may not know how much is being produced and how little gets recycled.
"A whopping 91% of plastics do not get recycled"
University of California
It's bad enough that only 9% of plastics get recycled, but what this means is that eventually recycled plastic will inevitably end up in a landfill or in the ocean. The only option we have is to choose no plastic at all. The everyday choices, like using reusable bags, a stainless steel straw, a reusable drinking bottle, all eliminate the need to produce plastic in the first place – this is the only choice. Here's an article on how recycling is a losing battle.
I encourage you to make that choice, and don't be afraid to be the only one in the crowd, I often am, but I hope that by making my own personal choice, others might do the same.