I received this eco-graphic right after a few days of picking up trash on the beach. It really hit home after spending the last week picking up trash on the beach. The majority of trash that I have been picking up is the ‘convenience’ item. Straws, fast food wrappers, broken toys, towels, socks, shoes, clothing, bottle caps.
As a person who grew up on the beach, we didn’t take toys, we had repaired rubber rafts and old plastic dishes. My mother took water in a large thermos, sandwiches were wrapped in bread bags.. Nothing was wasted and everything was reused. Lost shoes.. forget it, we were in trouble. Everyday I pick up shoes, everyday I pick up socks.. So
Today, stop by the convenience store, pick up cheap toys which break, pick up bottled water and a bunch of those fruit packs that come with straws. I probably pick up over 20 straws per every 1/2 mile of beach. It is sickening.. And you can tell where the biggest litterers were, just by the amount of sea gulls who of course are eating trash, styrofoam and plastic, which then they get eaten..
It is more convenient to buy fast food, rather than pack and tote. It is more convenient to buy juice packs than to take a thermos. It apparently is more convenient to leave it at the beach than walk 25 feet to put it in a trash can. It is killing our beaches, our water supply, our food supply.
How Convenience is Killing Our Plant – An infographic by the team at Arte Ideas
Bottom line, no matter where you are, pick up your trash and surrounding litter, try to stay away from convenience items (you will save alot of green)