Little did I know that my life would change so considerably after watching A Plastic Ocean. While I’ve always been conscious about reducing, reusing, recycling and repurposing, I never considered that one could actually refuse plastics, let alone inspire others to do the same. Sure, I always say “no” to straws, plastic bags and cutlery, but that was about the extent of it. At the same time, I was getting more and more annoyed to be given plastics at every turn when purchasing food. I have since found ways of going around this, by shopping at the greenmarket and eating according to the seasons, as well as bringing my own containers to purchase bulk food items and takeout foods.
Two weeks ago, to kick off Clean Up The World Weekend and the Ocean Conservancy’s Coastal Cleanup here in New York City, I thought I would watch “A Plastic Ocean” which was recommended to me by a friend on Instagram who lives in Australia. Needless to say, the film had a profound effect on me. While I have always been eco-conscious in that I bring my glass water bottle and my own bags everywhere to go shopping; I frequent the farmers’ market and am a member of a local CSA (community-supported agriculture); I recycle my packaging; and I compost my food scraps, the movie made me realize how much MORE I need to do, as does the rest of the world. When I traveled to Asia this summer, it broke my heart to see in a supermarket, that less than a dozen food items were free from packaging of any sort. We live in a downward spiral of a “disposable” world. What can we do to change this?