Posted by: David McKay | September 13, 2010

Falling off the Wagon (of Plastic).

It has been quite some time since I last wrote here.  I have been doing a lot of writing, just not about my life with plastic.

“Why?” you ask.  “What have you been doing?”

Graduate school.  Student teaching.  A lot of stuff.  Emotional rollercoasters here and there.  Basically, living.

You know how easy it is to just not have to think about some things?  But then I wonder, if it is such a simple thing to not give a shit, well then, what’s the point?  What difference do I make?  My little pieces of plastic, collecting in the cupboard — what is that?  Who cares?  The government doesn’t care.  Big business doesn’t care.  Who am I compared to them?

So I said, “To hell with it.”

When I go out for drinks, I ask the bartender — no, I tell the bartender — to put six straws in my drink.  Six!  To hell with it.

“Double bag it!  Yes!  Why wouldn’t you?  It’s only wrapped in plastic once!”  This is what I yell at the teenagers working the registers at the grocery store.  “I want it wrapped three times!”

Do you realize how easy it is to just not think?  You do it.  Admit it.  We all do.  Life has a lot of stuff going on.

We are being conned.  Did you see California get conned a couple of weeks ago?  Eliminate single-use plastic bags?  The hell you will, California!  Jobs depend upon us destroying our planet!

I have been slipping.  I readily admit it.  This is a systemic problem.  And I need help.  Systemic : of, relating to, or common to a system.  Simple.  Plastic bags.  Do you see the plastic bags blowing in the wind?

I am an individual.  In comparison (despite living in a country that is supposed to be democratic) I compete with multi-national corporations that only give a shit about the bottom line and can now donate as much money as they want to the politicians who were already mostly corrupted in the first place.  So what can I do?

Well, I have a voice.  And I am saying that our system is flawed.  I am saying that the average consumer has little choice in a plastic world.  The system needs to change.

I will get back on the wagon.  Because the alternative is a dead-end street, and as a people, we are going way too fast.  That’s the secret, you know — wagons don’t go very fast.  So get on the wagon.

And tell someone.  I am paying good money for this show, and I want some action!

So remember:

Responsibility is not convenient — it’s necessary.

Rethink.  Refuse.  Reduce.  Reuse.

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Responses

  1. Glad to hear you are back on the wagon! just the other day I picked up a plastic jug of chocolate milk (new addiction) and I thought to myself; “this is wasteful” put it back and found some chocolate milk in a nice paper carton, and it was cheaper! You may not realize it but you have changed the way people think about the little things in their everyday life. So please keep writing (about plastic) and talking to whoever will listen (or won’t listen). You are getting through.

  2. Amen Brother! I often find myself at the grocery store (unplanned trip) asking for plastic because I know it will fit my bathroom waste basket. I try to be a good role model for my kids, but I can do better. I will do better. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Saybull

  3. Thanks, Amanda and John. I didn’t realize you were listening and I appreciate it.

  4. Stuff those multi-nationals, I care that you are not using plastic! Thank you for making a difference, and thank you for blogging about it so all of us trying to save the world know that we aren’t alone.


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