I have been striving for a single-use-plastics-free life for more than a decade when my son Moses was born. Making the same choices for him was easy, but boy is it hard to navigate the world and see how hard it is to avoid: there is LAUSD's pervasive plasticware that comes with every lunch (and includes a straw!??), juice boxes that every kid desires (and include straws...), just leaving the house invites a challenge. My kid has never had a mylar balloon or any other kind of balloon for any birthday party, knows to say no to straws etc., and sometimes gets weary of picking up trash. We do what we can with reusable containers & utensils wherever we go, and we try to leave any place we visit BETTER than the way we found it. We refuse, reduce, recycle and above all - we don't walk past plastic trash - we stop and pick it up.
This year I trained to become a 5 Gyres Trash Blitz captain. Then I became an ambassador. In the fall, we will be initiating a plastics education program at our elementary school.
But for today, celebrating the 4th, we will simply say no to plastic and do a little clean up of our street to stop that pollution from getting into the ocean.
Let's celebrate Democracy by leaving our world a little better because of our actions today.