Zero Plastic Use, Happier Nemo

As I see more and more videos being uploaded online about how much garbage is in our oceans, I couldn’t help but feel sad. I feel sad for the marine animals. If they could only speak of their unhappiness – for they have no choice but to adapt to the damages we’ve done to their home. I feel sad for us, humans. Is this really how irresponsible we’ve become? I feel sad for myself thinking that I am part of all this- that in one way or another, I have contributed to this atrocity. Should this continue, will our future children ever have the chance to appreciate these sea creatures? Will I be able to experience eating fresh seafood with my bare hands ever again? Maybe not. And that’s sad and scary at the same time.

So, I’ve started asking myself, how can we help solve this problem in our own little ways? A little act of kindness goes a long way for sure.

My husband and I have started assessing our habits and re-calibrating our behavior towards the use of plastic. We strongly oppose single plastic use. Here are some of the small steps we’ve taken to help keep Nemo and his friends happy.

Lately, when Alberto and I would eat out, we make it a conscious effort to inform the servers not to put plastic straws in our drinks. Imagine? One plastic straw can take up to 200 years to decompose! Oh my gulay! How many future generations is that?! Plus, whenever I see someone using plastic straws, I couldn’t help but imagine one turtle in so much pain because of a plastic straw stuck in its nose.

When I go to coffee shops, I bring my own cup so that they don’t serve my drinks in plastic cups anymore. We have also started recycling plastic bags whenever we do our grocery shopping by bringing used plastic bags to the supermarket so that we don’t get new plastic bags each week. I have also stopped using cling wraps to store our leftovers in the fridge. We have purchased these silicone stretch lids online and I must say that this is one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life! Hehe.

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Not only that, two weeks ago, I asked my husband to get us these bamboo toothbrushes from Amazon:

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There’s still so much work to be done when it comes to saving our oceans but by sharing what we do to help address the problem, we are creating awareness. Start telling people what’s going on with the world’s oceans and what they can do to help and make a difference. How about you? What have you done to help?

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