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Little Plastic Lives

September 26, 2018

 

 

What if we no longer had plastic?

How would we do it?

One trip to the grocery and all feels impossible.

Grab for the grapes, nope. Plastic.

Need tortillas? Nope. Plastic.

Strawberries? Nope.

Bread? Nope.

Even milk has that tiny plastic safety seal.

 

An orca held her emaciated dead toddler in mourning. 

Barely eating, she constantly grabbed the body as it sank and pulled it back up to the surface for 17 days.

 

The mama is 20 years old.

The pod is endangered.

75 members.

No newborn member has survived in the last three years.

She kept the body at the surface for 17 days. 

 

 

Why did she do that? 

The connection between that perforated plastic bag of grapes,

And this mothers pain for her little one

is tangled, and hard to see, but I know it’s there.

Silently weaving us to her plight through how we live.

 

 

The petroleum industry has us bought into a system of waste.

Buy, use, throw, repeat.

The EPA has a report that describes what has been in our garbage from 1960-2012,

In 1960, garbage in the U.S. had 390,000 thousand tons plastic in it.

By 2012, the amount of plastic in our trash had grown to 28,950,000.

 

Plastic comes from petroleum. 

 

I hope to connect with you through this journey, over the next 6 months, to find the relationships between the mother orca and my own mission as a mother of three to eliminate plastic from our lives.

 

We are the change we have been waiting for.

 

 

https://archive.epa.gov/epawaste/nonhaz/municipal/web/html/msw99.html

 

 

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