So, we’ve come to the conclusion that plastic is bad for the world. Great, now what can we do to clean up the mess we’ve made & ensure a plastic-free future?
Plastic is a substance that doesn’t just vanish into thin air. It merely breaks down into micro-fragments, so the 8 billion metrics tonnes of plastic waste that has been fanatically spread around every corner of our planet, is still there. In one form or another. From all the figures collected about the rapid exponential growth of plastic, it has been estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic waste in the ocean than the mass of fish summed together. From an alien’s perspective, it would look as if we were a species ambitious to living in our own plastic waste. The plastic mindset has boiled down to a simple principle that looks to make habitual changes in the way we decide to live.
If you’re a person who is deciding to live the best version of themselves, you need to look at the legacy you’re leaving behind. From generation to generation the mindset behind plastic waste has accumulated to a point to where we’re neglectful of the problems right under our noses. Or for better reference: ‘ignoring the [plastic] elephant in the room.’ The principle for having a plastic mindset is to realize you’re never going to change the world for everyone on your own, but the least you can do is try. And hopefully, you’ll at least be able to change the world for yourself.
“Watch out, here’s something in the water! Oh, it’s just plastic” – Everyone
We as a species have created 8 billion metrics tonnes of plastic waste since its discovery. And 8 million tonnes of that is being dumped into the oceans worldwide every year. We can’t point the finger that those who started the problem, but at least we are able to point the finger to those who can solve it. When we collectively realize the issue at hand, we can collectively make a difference to end it. The mood is changing, from small groups to small companies to bigger companies and governments.
But the action is still required, the following points are examples of companies in Amsterdam that have undergone a psychologic metamorphosis into encouraging a plastic-free life through habit-orientation. By looking at their actions, we can look to make conscious choices on the plastic we use in our lives. Simply put: if you avoid the casualties of single-use plastic during business hours, one can ensnare their colleagues into a cocoon of plastic-free thinking. And once the conscious decision-making has started, into a cocoon of plastic-free living.
One of the counter-arguments against plastic is that there are so many different issues going on around the world, that plastic shouldn’t be on the top. And I say, why not? We all form ways of thinking and acting through our daily habits, and to create habits one has to be conscious of it and willing to act upon it at the right time. This is a combination of knowledge + willingness. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t want to make changes for the better, who doesn’t mind remaining humble in a world of trouble, who can be a hero without the cape and act without an audience to witness. Then start with recycling plastic. Start here with us: follow our plastic story. And form the simple habit of cleaning your own plastic waste. Then maybe in time, you’ll find out, that once you’ve fully established this habit independently, more impressive habits will begin to form. You create your own meaning, and if you find the planet you live on to be important you can give it meaning. Maybe you should dare to take the first step and see where it could lead you.And through this first step, you can begin to change the world. It’s like the famous psychologist, Jordan Peterson said:
“There are two ways you can live life: either nothing you do gives meaning to this world or everything you do gives meaning. You can either take no responsibility for the world and drop all the value of meaning you provide to it. Or accept that EVERYTHING you do has meaning and accept the responsibility with EVERYTHING that comes with it.”