Why I cut plastic bags out of my life
Since the beginning of this year, I haven’t used a single new plastic bag.
One day, in early December 2016, I was at the shops and I bought 3 items: a loaf of bread, some bananas and some milk. I went to the register, paid and automatically, unconsciously put my items in a plastic bag. I had 3 items, all of which I could carry quite easily, yet I still automatically reached for the plastic, for the convenience of a plastic bag.
Since then, I haven’t used a single plastic bag.
I wanted to see if I could do it. To see how easy it is to cut something which was the complete opposite of sustainable out of my life. And I did it.
Yes, it’s only been 3 months and there have been some close calls but I have been surprised at how simple a seemingly massive change can be. It’s hardly any extra effort for me at all to simply grab a green bag on the way out of the house, and it’s already become a habit.
Every single year, Australians use around 3.76 billion plastic bags. With a population of just over 24,400,000 that equates to a little over 150 bags per person per year. Roughly 3 per week. But that estimate is including even the youngest members of our population, so chances are, you personally use a lot more than that.
I know, that definitely makes you feel like just a drop in the ocean of a much larger issue. But that is exactly the mindset SOCKOS is trying to change. We believe that every pair of feet on the ground changing how the interact with the world, is our society being one step closer to a sustainable world free from poverty, climate change and injustice.
Trust me, if I can do it, so can you.