Spring took its time to get here, but, after yet another brief cold snap, summer weather has finally arrived with us here in the Netherlands! Today we spent some quality time working our garden.
It’s wonderful to see how much has changed over the period of just a few weeks – everything is so beautiful and green: it’s becoming a real paradise.
And as I’m speaking of our little paradise, I’m also thinking of our bigger paradise – our earth. Are we looking after it as well as we can? I don’t think so. As you might know from previous posts, we are vegans, which already reduces a fair amount of carbon footprint. For quite some time now we’ve also been refusing plastic bags in shops. Recently, we took inventory of all the plastic that we were gathering in our home. It gave us quite a fright. Jacob recently reminded us again during a chat about plastic waste, and it inspired us to take personal action.
When you really look at it, plastic has entangled itself into our lives in such a way, that it is extremely hard to break away from it. Everything is wrapped, multiple times, in layers of plastic. And this is not necessary. We need to break this habit of taking the easy route and buying pre-packaged goods. Let’s try something new, and say no to excess packaging. Make an effort to purchase unwrapped goods. Don’t accept street food in styrofoam boxes with plastic cutlery. Take a cup with you when you drink a take-away coffee. These are all little steps, but by giving off the signal to stores that we don’t want plastic, they will change (as they will still want your money). So let them know as well when you don’t buy something!
Don’t know where to start? Check out this link from the Plastic Pollution Coalition. There’s some great tips to get you started. This way, we can not only enjoy the paradise that is our little garden, but also the big garden, mother earth, whom we should all look after!
Geertruida & Sietske