Connecting the dots

08 Nov 2018 Connecting the dots

If you had not noticed all the plastic in the world or was not yet concerned about it, how could this be acceptable? If you have never been educated on its dangers to wildlife and human health or have grown up in a super clean environment you may not have really witnessed it in its full disgustingness. And this is certainly the case for many people who are not yet awake to single-use plastic.

What about if you just had a surf in tropical waters with it floating around with you, getting tangled in your leg rope and paddling through congregations of it?

The other day this happened to me, it was everywhere, and all I could do was fill my one pocket with lots of tightly squeezed fragments. The paddle was about 500m over reef, so it wasn’t really an option to carry more of it.

Yet what happened next made me wonder about how we engage the population to get involved in this.

A bunch of fellow surfers came in from the water to quickly purchase juices and fresh coconuts with plastic straws and even ridiculous plastic cutlery. If you’ve ever eaten the flesh of a fresh coconut you’ll know plastic cutlery isn’t very useful. It can be quite tough. Yes they just surfed with plastic in the water and then came in and didn’t question single-use plastic.

They did however notice me emptying pocket of plastic and said “good on you”.

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Conversation starter! We talked about the need for everyone to take responsibility for this. Perhaps a thought was triggered? Consumption without consideration is the issue here, we all need to join the dots and realise that what we consume requires resources and creates an impact to the planet and sometimes for us directly. They noticed it out there, yet they didn't connect the dots and decide not to consume single-use again.

Maybe next time? One can hope anyway.

PS. I have donated a pack of bamboo straws to the restaurant as 99% of customers here eat in. 

Paul Hellier - Founder

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