What needs to change
Plastic pollution needs to stop at the source and as long as it is being supplied, it will probably keep getting used.
Brands and organisations ultimately need to make the switch to more sustainable solutions in partnership with the consumer choosing to only support organisations that are doing the right thing. Consumer’s have all the power by choosing where they spend their dollar and if there is enough pressure to make the switch, it’s in the best interest of the organisation to satisfy their consumer’s demands.
It’s been an adventure coming home and ‘assimilating’ back into the ‘real world’.
Although I was conscious about plastic consumption before and have a sustainable swimwear label (@oceanzen_bikini) that is completely plastic free, it was the household plastic waste that really shocked me on this trip. Personal care products like shampoo, body wash, cleaning products, toothbrushes, combs, lighters.
These are the types of items that can be so easily replaced with plastic free options. You just have to prepare a little more. Online stores like Clean Coast Collective and Biome offer alternatives such as shampoo bars, bamboo toothbrushes and natural cleaning products in jars.
Lately I have been doing some of my grocery shopping at The Source and you can also fill up jars of shampoo, conditioner and body wash as-well there along with lots of plastic free dry food options.
Avoiding single use plastic items can make a huge impact. I truly learned what the power of one means on the Chilli Beach Clean Up.
Sometimes it can be overwhelming and it can be easy to think one person can’t make a difference in a world with 7 billion people. But in the 5 days of being at Chilli Beach, every single one of us put in all of our effort even though we were feeling disheartened and challenged, and yet we stuck together, stood by our passion for the cause and looking back, if one or more of us flaked out we wouldn’t have removed as much waste as we did. It was a team effort.
By doing your part as an individual, you are joining a world-wide team of environmental conservationists.