Who remembers the commercials where a cartoon owl, named Woody, would sing, "Give a hoot, don't pollute?"
Or the commercial where an Indian stood on top of a hill, a tear streaming down his face after he sees someone in a car fling a bag of garbage out the window onto the highway?
Unless you have been living under a rock, wait, let me rephrase that-because if you have been living under a rock you are probably very aware. So, if you have not been living under a rock, and haven't heard the news, we have a huge global waste crisis. One of the biggest waste issues is plastic.
If we Google plastic, we will find a plethora of news feeds describing the plastic pollution issue, images of plastic floating in the sea and animal autopsies showing stomach's filled with plastic garbage like the pilot whale who just died from ingesting eighty plastic bags.
Maybe we want to remember this cute baby owl that I stumbled upon in a shopping center, when we think about how we can act more environmentally friendly?
Another environmental issue, wildlife running out of habitat, but we'll save that for another blog.
If we want to give a hoot for this baby owl and all the other living babies, maybe we can add one more thing to our zero waste practice. For example, I am pretty consistent about using a reusable cup when I go out, I use reusable bags when I shop, grow some of my own food that don't require packaging, and make healthy herbal teas in mason jars rather than buying cold drinks. I pledge to add bringing my own reusable utensils to use rather than plastic ones when I am out and keep some reusable to go containers in my car to use when dining out. This latter practice will help the environment and my weight, lol.
If you want to join in, either as a newbie or want to add to your zero waste practice, here are some ideas:
101 Zero Waste Tips
Zero Waste Home: How To Get Started
Plastic Pollution Coalition
Thanks for giving a hoot and reading this blog! Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.