There is more micro plastic in the ocean than there are stars in the milky way
Plastic – FUCK!
Captain Planet… he’s our hero!
Seriously though, what are we doing to help slay this plastic beast we have created. The first successful fully-synthetic plastic (bakelite) was only invented in 1907 by Leo Baekeland who was also known for coining the famous Mean Girls word “plastics”.
In a fit of fury and rage the once soft spoken and innocent bakelite has grown into the hormone monster that is now polluting oceans and killing sea life.
Instead of approaching the plastic problem of the world, from a “We done gone fucked up” point of view and rather start looking at what we can do to help alleviate the problem. Start taking steps to look at how we can not necessarily fix what we have broken but rather start finding effective uses for the plastic that is already out in the world. Try avoid touching one item of plastic in a day, and you realise that saying no to a plastic straw and opting for the R300 over-priced paper bag is not going to fix the problem over-night. The thinking is correct, but we have to keep pushing to find more ways to keep helping and making even the tiniest of difference.
Today I was not only inspired by a Whatsapp that a friend sent me way too early in the morning… but it actually inspired me enough to write for the first time in probably 15 years. A Whatsapp I fully intend to share with you to inspire more pro-active behaviour from the humans to help the earth.
As I am growing older and now a 30-something tannie to most children in a uniform, I feel that I am truly getting to know myself for the first time in my life. I love being older, being wiser, making healthy choices, having an RA fund, a bond (how was I allowed a bond – I sometimes have coco pops in a mug for dinner)…. Anyway as a motherflippn’ adult I care about trying to help the environment and making small differences when possible.
That’s why (and this comes back to the Whatsapp two paragraphs up) I am honestly going to do my best to take any plastic I do use (I’m not a barefoot, hairy-leg lady in a treehouse), and use it to do something positive with instead of cringing and getting a tiny stomach ulcer every time I have to throw a Coke bottle away.
I think these Eco-Bricks, are such an amazing way to USE our plastic we all DO use in our lives. All you do is take an empty plastic bottle you are about to chuck in the garbage bin, fill it with any plastic you throw away and use a dowel stick you can get from any Builders Warehouse, to keep pushing it down and compressing it until it’s the minimum weight allowed.
This, you old mathe-‘magicians’ out there, can figure out by taking the bottle volume x 0.35 to get the amount in grams – I myself will never even attempt to try and do the math, I will have my husband do that while I’m compressing the final piece of my roll-on bottle into an already full Sprite Zero (I’m watching my weight) bottle.
The point, my 4 dedicated readers who have made it to the bottom of this post, is that if you want, it would be really cool of you, if you too tried to make Eco-Bricks with your plastic and drop them in one of the Eco-Brick bins at your nearest Pick n Pay . Also please visit www.ecobricks.org to read more on this really lekker initiative.
Thanks for reading… you look beautiful tonight South Africa!