Custodio: Plastic


NOPE, I’m not going to talk about “plastic” people. Although they can be quite toxic too, we can manage them quite well. What has been bothering me more and more as time passes is the poison that is plastic that we throw away carelessly wherever and whenever we feel like doing so. I am not exempted from this sin, though I dispose of my trash responsibly or they stay in my bag till I am able to do so.

The use of plastic has been receiving a lot of flak for its ill effects in the environment and how wildlife both on land and in our seas have been meeting its untimely demise from being entangled in and ingesting so much of it! You would have to either be in denial or living under a rock if you are not aware of this.

The past week, I have been seeing videos of birds coughing up bits and pieces of hard plastic! For months now, there has been a constant stream of posts about sea creatures getting entangled in plastic waste. Whales have died ingesting so much of it too. Seriously, we have put so much junk in nature that all the animals are suffering because of it! I am sure you are not unaware of this.

We need to address this situation because what affects wildlife affects us equally. It’s just heartbreaking to keep on hearing about magnificent whales washing up dead onshore and finding out that they had died from eating so much plastic! It is heartwarming that there walks, among us, people who work hard to save sea creatures albeit it may seem as simple as untangling discarded plastic bags caught in their fins. Seriously people, we need to be more responsible.

I used to find it such a drag having to bring an eco-bag whenever I am in Makati in Manila. They prohibit use of plastic in commercial establishments so unless you want to carry groceries in paper bags that are simply too flimsy to accommodate the weight and bulk of the stuff you bought, you bring an eco-bag. Inconvenient it may be but I’ve has a change of heart. Now I’m all for it.

Use eco-bags instead of plastic ones.

Bring reusable straws or don’t use any.

Bring your own mugs, tumblers and/or water bottles or opt for paper made once instead of the plastic king.

Mind your garbage and please for crying out loud, please be responsible in disposing them.

Do the whole world a favor, do it for future generations. And please, do it NOW.

Thank you and a Happy Sunday to all! :)


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