Make of the revolution the ordinary
Not everyone is an activist. I am not an activist. I am not a loud person but I believe in silent revolutions.
Lately, the problem with plastic pollution became blindly obvious to everyone. The main difference with climate changes is that they cannot tell you anymore that evidence are not strong enough, that science is lying. Pollution, mostly of plastic, is a big, fat elephant at the center of the room everyone ignored for far too long.
When I try to get food in my containers in a place that is not the usual store I feel nervous and ashamed when at the restaurant I take my own cutlery from the bag and I am given the shocked look. When I see them wrapping every single component of their sandwich in a separate single-use plastic bag, drinking from 3-4 different plastic bottles of water in the span of 8 hours and grab a plastic bag at the supermarket to carry a bag of chips…well, is my turn to be shocked.
War on waste, Zero Waste Revolution, Waste Warriors.
What if the way I do things becomes the new normal? When is the turn of that person that grabs take away coffee in a single use cup with a straw and asks for the plastic bag, to feel like a weirdo?
We need to make of the zero waste revolution the ordinary by showing people close to us that there is another way of living, by supporting companies and stores that offer a plastic-free choice to the customer without imposing unnecessary packaging. We need to break free from plastic and this culture of waste.
Going on the street yelling slogans and holding sign is just not the way I am. But that doesn’t mean I care less. I will be working relentlessly on the background, teaching but not preaching, making sure I am heard when I say no to the bag, to the straw and the free plastic bottle of water on the plane. You can be the revolution in your house, at the bar with friends, at work and at school.
Be and live by your values and make of the revolution the ordinary.