I have been on an eco-friendly spree lately watching Youtube videos on wastage and the amount of waste every person produces each day and I realised that we are really producing a lot per person.
The amount of waste we produce might not be clear to us because it has become something that is normal for us. We use single-use plastics every single day from the food we eat to our packaging when we purchase our essentials. We are not aware of the damage that single-use plastics do to our environment because it has become the norm and we cannot get away from it. The use of plastics have completely integrated into our society and the way we live our lives that without it, it would be very inconvenient for us and I think that is the fundamental problem. The use of plastics made it so much more convenient to live as a human. We no longer need to bring our own bags to the supermarket because it will be provided for us. We no longer need to bring our utensils to each and dine because any fast food restaurant will provide it for us. We no longer need to bring our own mugs and have the hassle of carrying it around because cafes will provide it for us. We no longer need to burden ourselves with so many ‘unnecessary’ things because it will be provided for us.
We have gotten so used to the idea of using single-use plastics that we are inherently trapped in that mindset, a mindset that pampers us.
I am not calling us to drastically change our lifestyles because that is VERY difficult especially in Singapore where the non-use of single-use plastics is a huge hassle on the part of the consumer. However, what I am trying to do is for us to be more aware of our usage of single-use plastics. To be more aware of the processes of making single-use plastics and the amount of waste that we produce from it. Imagine how much resources are needed to make that plastic cup: from the oil fields to the transportation to the factories etc. The cup then ends up in your hands and after weeks of using so much resources, you end up only using it for a few minutes and discarding it right after.
I am trying to be more conscious on my use of single-use plastics but I cannot deny that it is very hard. It surrounds us and every aspect of our lives. Well, I guess it is a step-by-step process.