“If plastic had been invented when the Pilgrims sailed from Plymouth, England, to North America—and the Mayflower had been stocked with bottled water and plastic-wrapped snacks—their plastic trash would likely still be around, four centuries later.” – Laura Parker, National Geographic
This is an incredible read from National Geographic that really puts the plastic pollution problem into focus. Not only are we abusing the use of single-use plastics in our world over the last several decades, but we’ve been careless about disposing this stuff by tossing inconvenient garbage into our environment, to become someone (or something) else’s problem.
With the exception of lakes, almost all bodies of water eventually flow into our oceans. Think how several streams become creeks, which then fork into rivers, which lead to deltas and bays, and then through our coastline’s inlets into our massive oceans. These wonderful natural resources unwillingly act as conveyor belts for our trash. Just because you’re landlocked doesn’t mean your waste isn’t going anywhere. Remember plastic is designed to last forever?
With all major shifts in human behavior, awareness is paramount. eco-pliant challenges you to be aware of your consumption. Next time you are taking food to-go, or browsing supermarket shelves, ask yourself “Why am I only using something for minutes, that lasts for years?”