Hello Ocean Warrior friends!

Fellow One Ocean Global ambassador, Willow Wise, is embarking on a challenge for the month of February to track (and reduce) her plastic consumption.

I have decided to join her and I would like to invite you to do the same.

This is what we're doing...

1.  Journalling

In your phone notes or in a notebook track all of your plastic waste.  ALL OF IT.  Grocery bags, rubbish bags, cups, straws, take away containers, wrappers, toothbrushes, shampoo bottles, candy wrappers, EVERYTHING.  As soon as you put something plastic into the bin, write it down.

For example:

February 1.
Starbucks cup, straw and lid, 7.30am
Empty shampoo bottle, 8.30pm

And so on and so forth.

At the end of the month, we count it up!

2.  Reducing

At the end of the month you will be able to see what kind of plastics you are consuming the most and start to think about ways you can cut down and reduce your over-all footprint.  But during the month you can also start to reduce your consumption of plastic.  Remember to bring a reusable water bottle and pack you lunch instead of buying takeaway.  You can even take tupperware out to dinner if you think there might be leftovers!  Ask for no straw, bring a to-go cup (and if you forget, ask for no lid on the single use cup they give you!!!)  Keep reusable bags in your car and invest in a reusable straw or cutlery if these are items you use a lot.  During the month I will post tips about what I already do to cut down on my consumption of plastic - maybe you'll be inspired!

3.  Tallying

At the end of the month, go through your notes and add up everything you have used during the month.

For example:

CUPS: 24

The purpose of this tally is to give you a visual representation of how much plastic you actually consume in a month, and give you an idea of how that might translate into how much you produce in a year.  It will also give you a really good idea of where you are able to cut down on plastic and what the best substitutes are for you  (for example, if you're throwing away a heap of plastic bags, investing in some reusable bags is a great start, if you get take-away coffee a lot, a to-go cup is a great place to start).

So… why are we doing this?

For me, out here on the island, the issue of consumption, and, in particular, single use plastics, are in my face every day.  Every single day I have ridiculous amounts of straws and bottles and plastic bags and spoons and cups (and a gazillion other things) washing up on my beach.  But maybe for you it's not so visible.  If you live in Australia I know that you can put your rubbish in the bin and away it goes.  It is no longer visible.  This challenge will be a really great way for you to see, really see, exactly how much plastic you use and throw away.

Perhaps you feel like you're just one person and you can't make a difference.  But, as Willow, my fellow ambassador says "when 8 billion people share that mentality, and each individual (American) produces about 4.4 pounds of trash a day, it becomes an issue."

I completely believe that our world is in crisis and if we don't tone down our consumption of stuff and all it's packaging then we a doing a great disservice to our children.

Thanks for joining me!!


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