Just yesterday Woolworths announced that it would stop selling plastic straws by the end of the year.
It was the eve of World Environment Day and it became clear to us that the sustainable movement – once deemed “a fad” by manufacturers and retailers – is snowballing to directly effect what big retailers sell as a direct result of what is profitable for big business.
We constantly hear on social media that the best way to protest non-environmetally-friendly products is to not purchase them in the first place.
Well, case in point with straws and Woolworths, that message is obviously true and the no plastic straws movement has made a definable mark as councils and cafes get on board with its message.
It’s a clear example that World Environment Day can be everyday when we consume environmental products, dispose of them responsibly, respect nature and spread the environmental messages.
Author and sustainable educator Anna Lappe so rightly put it: “Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want.”
The sustainable movement is clearly not a fad. People are pushing for the environmental alternatives in Australia – whether that is due to vision of plastics in our ocean through social media and documentaries, news of China no longer accepting certain types of recycled waste or more and more friends and family getting on the environmental bandwagon and they feel left out – and the environment and all those who populate it are the winners.
Today being World Environment Day is a day we not only give praises to the beauty and wonder of nature but a day we can pause and look back on how far we’ve recently come and how much work there is left to do.
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