| By Rachel Monique Maskell
When being single isn’t cool
Happy summer vibes to you. I’ve started on our summer holiday and currently in Croatia. It’s hot but absolutely lovely here.
When we breezed through NY on our way across the pond we went to an amazing picnic where we were asked not to bring any single use plastic. It was the first time I had been to a party or picnic where that was the request. It was wonderful and a little challenging since we weren’t local.
But I was thrilled that this was a thing. James was so committed we found paper cups to bring. They also had cool canned water called Liquid Death. Super fun. And the challenge is good.
When you start becoming aware of plastic you realize it’s everywhere. From small bits to cover tops of bottles to the bottles themselves and endless toys. It’s not that I have a solution but there are brilliant people out there who do. As consumers we must be aware and participate in doing things differently. And this includes our clothes. Polyester is plastic. Plastic comes from oil and wars are often fought over oil.
I don’t think I will be able to break my habit overnight, especially while traveling but single use plastic isn’t cool. It's never single...it doesn’t go away it changes.
My solution for now is to carry a water bottle, a reusable straw, and my own bags. To limit my use of plastic when and where possible. To not buy poly fabrics. To support innovation and make an effort to change behaviors.
What are your solutions? How are you breaking the plastic habit? Would love to hear your thoughts and strategies.