“Week 32: Plastic Collection” caught both Nils and me a little off guard. Since starting this 52 week project, our goal has been to create Impact. The contrary occurred last week — we were the ones Impacted.
The mere act of laying out all our plastics for the week, identifying from where each came, and photographing them all created a deep remorse. This was our pile, our “contribution” toward the demise of our home, Earth. We couldn’t help but think about the Impact our weekly share of plastic might be having on the birds, mammals and marine animals that we so love, not to mention the lives of our nieces and nephews, their children and beyond.
Guest blogger, Beth Terry, through this simple exercise of collecting plastic for a week, prompted not only greater awareness of our own plastic use, but also a greater interest (almost fascination) in plastic and the important and extraneous roles it plays in our lives — All our lives.
This past week, automatically, one or the other of use would ask:
- “Can we buy this without a plastic casing? … bag? … wrapping?”
- “How can we re-use this?”
- “Does this come in glass?
… and it felt Good!
Plastic Collection for Week 32 has and will continue to Impact our consumer behavior — we will consciously and gladly do what we can to avoid plastics. Our kudos to Beth Terry at Fake Plastic Fish for all she’s doing in increasing awareness.
If you didn’t have the chance to join us during Week 32, we strongly recommend that you head to Fake Plastic Fish and take up the challenge on your own. Our plastic collection results should appear soon at Fake Plastic Fish. Check back at this link in the days to come.
p.s. – added bonus for me: Plastic collection made me reconsider several snacks through this last week (all were packaged in plastic). So, plastic awareness may aid me in much needed weight loss!
Video worth watching
In our web surfing on the subject, we came across the video below. Well worth watching.