You and the Albatross - 5 tips to start reducing plastic31 May 2018
Yesterday I was invited to be a part of a university event showing the film Albatross by Chris Jordan. Having seen the effects of plastic on wildlife first hand I was not surprised by the graphic reality of plastic and seabirds.
The film does a wonderful job of building a relationship with the Albatross and their life on Midway island. As if the reality of nature isn’t harsh enough they are now digesting a substance that they cannot understand is not a food source. Over many generations everything in the ocean was food, apart from other organic but not so tasty flotsam such as wood and seaweed.
Film Trailer: Albatross by Chris Jordan
The film heightens your senses and puts you there on the island connected to these beautiful and majestic birds as they show their complete trust for humans. It doesn’t put the blame on humans, nevertheless all I could think while watching was “we have to change this”. If not for the planet, for these birds and for ourselves.
So what can we do?
1. Multiply your impact – Show off your beautiful reusable coffee cup and leave subtle hints for others about how good it is. Avoid the preach, just say “I love my coffee cup”. I just convinced one of my local cafes to stop volunteering the lids on single use takeaway cups, making the customer ask instead. You could multiply your impact in any number of ways, be creative.
2. Get your plastic radar on – Start taking 3 for the sea, not just at the beach, anywhere. In all likelihood you won’t be able to stop at 3. If you have 3 in your hand you won’t be able to walk by pieces 4,5 and 6 on your way to the bin.
3. Test yourself – Get out of your comfort zone and ask at a restaurant or bulk foods place if you can use your own container. Walk around the grocery store and see how many things you can actually purchase without plastic. Ready - set - go.
4. No more bottled water – If you live in a country where tap water is drinkable, take advantage, we are so blessed to have that and if you want it filtered, get a filter.
5. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Slow down and eat a meal or drink a juice, coffee, tea, lemonade on or in glass. You owe it to yourself to relax, catch up with a friend or just enjoy the view.
Cover Image: From the Film The Albatross
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