Lets get one thing straight; when it comes to sustainability, no body is perfect. It feels like the never ending story and nobody seems to be doing anything right – at least if we listen to the media. We have a tendency to point fingers at each other as soon as someone doesn’t live up to ones norms. And honestly I am tired of it all. There is no doubt that we have to do a lot more about the climate, how we consume products like there is no tomorrow, and how we travel around the world, but instead of pointing fingers, when your next door neighbor keeps eating meat every day of the week or your colleague brings new take away coffee cups every day, let’s focus one supporting each other. And very often there is more to the bigger picture than you know. Try lead as a great example for your surroundings; friends, family, colleagues, class mates, etc.
Taking care of the our planet, is something that is becoming more and more a concern of mine, and I think it should become everyone’s to be honest. The more we can do on a day-to-day basis the better. Sorting our daily rubbish or collecting what we find laying around on a walk along the beach is literally a must. But here’s the thing, what actually happens when we throw in the bin on the beach? I trust that when I sort my rubbish in the designated bins at home, as much as possible is recycle. In Denmark we have a long history of burning all our daily rubbish, everything that is not recycled, which is made in to energy, but in the long run, that’s really not very sustainable. For one, it is pretty damaging to the environment, most, but certainly not all, of the toxic substances are expelled, but there are still harming substances that end up in the atmosphere. Also, not everything is that we try to burn disappears into the air; some is left, called slag, which is used in road production. Slag contains amounts of heavy metal, which end up in our groundwater. Point is, sort as much as possible. And when you think you are doing everyone a favorite when you pick up plastic waste on the beach, which you should of course, but just dump it in the nearest bin, it basically just ends up in nature one way or the other anyway. If you collect plastic, make sure to get it in a designated plastic bin, so it’s recycled.
FACT: Every day 9 million cigarette buds are thrown and left on the ground in Denmark alone. Cigarette buds contains many toxic substances, like cadmium (cancer-causing), which will never dissolve completely and they are extremely bad for both animal life, plants, and of course us.
I’ll use myself as an example. I travel more than most people, but being married to someone on the other side of the world means that I am on a plane across the Atlantic every other month at least. And yes, there is basically nothing worse than flying when it comes to CO2 emission, but hey, it has made me step up my sorting waste game, I eat a lot less meat than I did last year, I avoid single use plastic as much as even possible, and really everything else that I can possibly do to live as sustainable as even possible. I think sharing our own small daily goals with each other can help more than eco-shaming each other. Let’s put make the climate debate enjoyable, help each other be even better.
One of the things I love the most when I am in LA, is walks on the beach. On a recent trip I suddenly started to collect plastic waste of the sand, and while the beaches of LA tends to be pretty clean, I still had both hands pretty full within 5 minutes. I’ve decided; that from now on, I will always bring a little net for my beach walks. It might not seem as a big deal, and what does it change that one person collects a little waste, but hey, if we all did it – and yes, it would be better if we didn’t leave trash in nature in the first place, but it’s there, so lets start by cleaning it up.
FACT: It is not certain how much waste that ends up in the oceans, but FN estimates that we led out 6,4 million tons of waste EVERY year. A great deal what we end up seeing is all the floating plastic waste.
Speaking of cleaning the oceans. I really love how design brands are stepping up their game here. One of them is Mater. They just launched a chair and table collection designed by Jørgen and Nanna Ditzel in 1955, originally produced in wood, but the relaunch is in plastic made by fishing nets and plastic waste from the oceans. Mater’s approach to relaunching design classics in modern new materials that helps cleaning the planet is remarkable. Of course, manufacturing one piece of furniture does not save the planet, but it sure helps.
We can only change our own behavior, together we can change a whole lot, we need to keep requesting change and make our government make sure that laws will be put into affect to really make a difference. It is so important that we support companies that strive to only create new product in recycled materials.
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