We have been pulled up a number of times now (and rightly so) after posting pictures of us using take away plastic coffee cups or guzzling from plastic drink bottles.
“Why don’t you get a ‘keep cup'” you say.
“Don’t you have a reusable water bottle?”
We hear you. Truth is we have both of those things. We just don’t use them as consistently as we should.
Here are some facts I have been reading:
- Around 1 million plastic bottles are purchased every single day.
- Less than half of these are recycled.
- Plastic does not biodegrade. Instead, it very slowly breaks down into tiny plastic particles. These are then ingested by marine and land organisms.
- A 2017 study has found these plastic particles in 87% of global tap water supplies (and in 97% of USA samples).
That is pretty eye opening. And leaves a lingering taste, part sweet disturbance and part sour shame.
We are going to make an effort to modify our behaviour and with proper planning & preparation minimise all our unnecessary plastic bottle and cup usage.
It’s a small start. But then, it was also a small start when that first plastic bottle was produced.
Facts source: “Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis” by David R. Loy