Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
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Just my 2 cents worth....a proud and fortunate Canadian
It's frustrating to see garbage lying around especially in pristine places. Like others, we make efforts to pick it up for the slobs who think they're too important to carry their own sh!t back out. Why? To teach my kids and their friends that it's not ok to leave your crap all over the place. The sad part is that we're also enabling the polluters......
We talk about voting, but with corporate and special interests...not much hope of change there (but it's worth a shot).
We are all to blame as good little consumers, this isn't a USA vs. China vs. Saudi Arabia thing. Pushing our values on others isn't fair and doesn't work anyway.
We have a wallet and since business is all about wanting to take money out of that wallet, you have that power. Remember McDonald's packaging up until the late 90's? It was awful....foam containers everywhere. Why did it change? Because people got fed up, spoke up, and threatened to close their wallets. Bottled water is another example. Don't like it, quit buying it. Better still, write the company and tell them why you didn't purchase their overpackaged treat-of-the-week. The point is, a company wouldn't produce it if no one wanted to buy it.
There are all sorts of alternatives to using plastic...we just forget what it was like to have a Coke out of a glass bottle, to ride in a car where metal actually shows, to carry water in a leather bag, to use something until it's absolutely worn out and of no real use anymore...
A lot of countries of all levels of wealth think like us...that's a great start. We can lead by example....the gross polluters will be standing alone for all to see; that's when things will change.
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