Let’s not beat around the bush: our planet is coated in plastic and filled with waste. Rubbish is inescapable. So, although it can be empowering to see one small jar of trash represent the waste of an individual for a year, we need to focus on the bigger issues at large.
Let’s put more energy into changing the systems themselves, adjusting global laws, and making ‘upstream’ changes rather than individual triumphs.
Of course, it’s important we consider our individual waste while we do this, but we can’t stop there. Your impact on the planet is bigger than a jar, so own it, but do something about it.
Instead of focusing on what’s in front of you, and crying when a straw is accidentally put in your cocktail and you’re forced to do the walk of shame to your trash jar, make your impact greater.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Sign petitions
- Email brands directly (asking them to change)
- Join a protest
- Become part of your local government board/committee
- Start a local community group
- Get vocal online about what you believe in