I’m sure you already are all too aware of the state of our planet today. If you are like me you are tired of excuses both from politicians not taking the necessary actions and from yourself taking the road of least resistance. We have the knowledge of our destructive behavior and the tools to change this.
The first step in my family of four will be to start with the concept of zero waste. For those of you not familiar with the concept check out this Ted Talk with Bea Johnson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSUmo-40pqA . We are going through the five steps of zero waste living pointed out by Bea; refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot.
Today I’ve been looking into the area of recycling, this is really interesting and giving much hope! We have changed so fast in Sweden from landfill, as most of the world still do, to recycle or burn 99% of all waste (www.avfallsverige.se). For instance, 2017 more car tires were recycled than new ones were sold in Sweden (www.naturvardsverket.se)! There are now methods to recycle or destroy even very destructive substances as arsenic. But still, it comes down to that we all gather our waste and make sure it does not leak into our waterways and poison the soil.
Most importantly we need to make sure we don’t buy these things in the first place. Sometimes I think we buy everything that is for sale and think that if it is allowed to sell it cannot be that bad. This is not true and deep down we all know this. We can easily make more informed responsible choices and don’t buy these things. We have power in every purchase we make and we need to use that power not to support the creation of hazardous stuff.
In Sweden, we can leave paper packaging, newspapers, soft plastic wrappings, metal, glass and batteries to recycling. We also have a system of returning plastic drinking bottles and cans and get the small extra sum you paid for the packaging back. Since you leave your plastic wrappings at the same place as your glass and paper it is easy to think that they also are a part of the cycle now. It is important to remember that paper and glass can be recycled to a much higher degree than plastic and also to remember how much plastic actually ends up as fragments in our environment. If you look closely you can find fragments of plastic everywhere in lakes forests and gardens. We can stop this and chose paper and glass containers right now!
My challenge to myself is to see how much I can reduce plastic in every choice I make the coming week. How much less plastic can you use?
I hope we continue this journey to become an asset to the planet together! I look forward to see your comment on this blog!
Take care of yourself, each other and our planet.
If you would like to follow our journey from the very first day this is the first blog post on this journey:
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