I had to write this. I just had to. Sometimes you get a sign, and then another, and it’s time. I keep seeing reminders of how we are working on solving problems we could have prevented.
I was collecting redeemable bottles yesterday and wondering why we go through such a process. Yes, I know, so we are “eco-friendly,” I get it. Now don’t mistake me for Captain Planet or anything, I’m not against everything modern. I am, however, against irrational and silly things we do, especially when it is to make a buck at the demise of other people. The following thought popped into my head while collecting bottles yesterday.
Recycling bottles. Why do we recycle bottles? It seems pointless. We use a plastic bottle, to the demise of the environment and people. Then we’ll fill it full of water we took from sources that belong (or should) to humans and nature and shouldn’t belong to (insert big company here). Better yet, we’ll fill it full of soda, which many are comparing to cigarettes now, with no value and lots of harm done to people. In an attempt to show we give a damn about more than ruining your health, using your oil for the bottles, and charging you for convenience, we’ll charge you $0.05. Oh yeah, and make YOU do the work to get your money back. That’s IF you choose to recycle it.
It seems we keep working on solving problems we could just prevent.
I laughed and continued on my mission. Now, I cannot say I never use plastic. But, because of the effects on health I studied, I use glass as much as I can. Lifefactory makes my glass water bottle. Plastic Tupperware is no longer. I use all glass and all Pyrex. These small decisions add up in a big way.
Because of my crazy thinking, while redeeming bottles, I saved the idea in my notes to write a post called “The Funny Thing About Recycling.”
Then, while browsing Facebook this morning, I came across this great post. I highly recommend the read, but I’ll summarize if you don’t have the time.
An older woman is checking out at the grocery store. That’s when the youngster at the register recommends reusable bags because the plastic is not good for the environment. Then the older woman responds, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.” The clerk tells her that’s why we are in the mess we are today because her generation didn’t care or think about it. It was a big mistake for the employee as the elder woman provides a piece of her mind, discussing many points.
The glass bottles they used for milk, soda, and more. These they sanitized and reused.
Brown paper bags they reused for many things, including book covers and garbage.
Walking to places like the grocery store, instead of hopping into a 300 horsepower machine to get there.
It goes on from there, I promise, it goes on. All the while the older woman says, “But we didn’t have the green thing back then.” Sounds good, right? Now scroll back up and read it in its entirety. Just kidding, unless you want to.
After reading that, I had to write this. It applies to this instance with returnable items and recycling, and it applies to so much else. We must stop spinning our wheels with solving problems that we created. Together, it’d be so easy to stop groups from taking our water from underneath us. And then putting it in a bottle to sell it to us, leaving us full of chemicals (and “BPA Free” means nothing people, that’s only one chemical in plastic). We CAN stop things like this. Moreover, we must. It’s worth working on solving problems like this.
I’ll equate it to the crazy and rising gas prices of a short time ago. I had an idea where everybody should find one less day (at least) to drive their car somewhere. Instead, we could walk, bike, carpool, busing, or anything. Then, once a week, nobody buys gas. If those rising gas prices were overinflated for profit, the odds are that our abstinence would be making a lot of people worried.
We live in a country that follows the $.
I like money too, but I’d rather see people happy and healthy. And, believe it or not, there is money to make promoting health and good values. You know, like our government cares about their people, even a little.
Nevertheless, please keep the following points in mind: There’s not much money in curing disease. For many people, their wallets stay fat if you stay unhealthy, ill, sick, and what have you. You care (or should) about you more than any other person will care about you. Don’t wait for somebody else to look out for you, look out for yourself. You have the power to put an end to solving problems that we could have prevented in the first place.