Food is our fuel, our only energy source, a means to living a healthy, meaningful, happy life. And yet it has become the greatest cause for distress, the underlying culprit to the world’s biggest diseases: cancer and obesity.
As they say, you are what you eat. So if you eat toxin laden, plastic wrapped, packaged and preservative-infused food, well that’s what your body and mind is going to exude.
Food also is our main reason for creating trash, insurmountable, mountainous, voluptuous, ever-growing trash. The trash we generate is so high; we have no idea how to get rid of it. So we are dumping it illegally on land, or incinerating it into a toxic compressed box, or letting it float irresponsibly in our oceans and shores, into the bodies of marine life, which we are inadvertently consuming.
So basically, we are trashing our own bodies, and that of our loved ones, our children and future generations to come. Reducing our waste is not an alternative lifestyle; it’s the only way to ensure the survival of the human species. For earth does not need us for its survival, in fact it will thrive magnificently if we humans go extinct. We, humans, need the Earth for everything, and we ain’t got no other place to go, no other place to trash, no other place to save.
So you thought disposable cups are easily disposable? No they are not! Plastic cups can take 450 years to decompose, if they are buried inside earth. While decomposing, they release toxins that can get mixed with our drinking ground water. Therefore mostly plastic cups go to a landfill, which has barriers underneath it to prevent decontamination of underground water source. Therefore, a plastic cup in a landfill will last forever. Remember, eons after you are gone, the plastic cup you used today for your morning buzz, will remain in a landfill forever and ever and ever.
Unless, it goes into an incinerator, then some parts of its toxins will go up into smoke, and the rest of its smoky black ash will be on a landfill forever and ever and ever.
Unless, it is tossed into the ocean, then it might end up in the great pacific garbage patch, a humongous whirlpool of plastic bliss, including the first toothbrush your father might have used, your last smelly diaper, your favorite strawberry biscuit wrapper, the straw you shared with your first crush, most of the plastic bags you used mindlessly when buying groceries, every ear bud and dental floss you ever used, maybe a few of those plastic water bottles you could have easily avoided buying, and all the zip lock bags you thought are most convenient for carrying food.Did you imagine that? Now imagine it multiplied by a billion people at the very least. How glad we are not stuck in that muck!
But most of the ocean life is, stuck in our plastic trash, or dodging it to the point of oblivion, but mostly ingesting it, thinking it’s a new kind of coral or some exotic plankton. And who is eating whom in the end? Who considers themselves proud to be on top of the food chain? Us trash-generating humans of course!
So the next time you need to get yourself a cup of coffee, either make one at home, or make it a habit to carry a reusable cup. Old habits are hard to break they say, but so is this massive waste that we are generating, every day, every second.
Let’s face it!
Disposables are disgusting.
Disposables are damaging.
Let’s dispose the use of disposables.
Disposables – say NO MORE!
Let’s save our magnificent Earth then, one plate at a time, one cup at a time, one straw at a time, one plastic item at a time.