“I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” ~Hellen Keller
The thought behind the name Recycled Hope came from a personal perspective of what hope really means to me in my life. As I previously stated, I found myself at a hopeless moment, where I wasn’t sure how things COULD get better. How can I change the fact that there is a garbage patch floating in the middle of the ocean, that is the size of Texas? How can I be the person to change the world’s minds about plastic and recycling? These questions in themselves, can seem hopeless. But then I heard my constant reminder, that it is not my job to change people. There is a reason why God created every individual differently. Who am I to try and change that?
The individuality of people is something that can seem intimidating at times, to me. I have allowed my views of other people to begin questioning myself….Am I inadequate? Am I doing enough? What is “my” thing? Throughout this soul-searching journey of realizing what I am going to stand for, I have been able to step back and realize that those questions and insecurities came from within my own mind. They came from the doubts that I am not good enough or able enough. It is in these emotions that I have been able to learn from my insecurities and find hope. The beauty of hope is that it is always inside of us, sometimes we just need someone else to help us find it. I was able to start looking at other humans and their good causes, unique talents and beautiful passions, and see that without each other, we as a society, would fall. Has there ever been a time in your life where you heard a song, or read a poem, got a personalized text or Scripture sent to you? And at that very moment, it is exactly what you needed to hear. I know this happens to me almost on a weekly basis and it is absolutely mood changing for me. I recognize that I needed to hear what was given to me and I immediately am looking at life with hopeful eyes again. Hope can be recycled as many times as you need it. It can be lost as well, but it never truly disappears. This was the idea I wanted to stand behind and offer, through the words given to me.
One of the reasons I feel so passionately for recycling, is the fact that it is a preventable issue. It is something that can be changed if humans start to make conscious decisions about recycling and minimizing plastic use. And yes, due to the fact that consumerism is increasing, this issue will be a mountain to climb. But I am not willing to back down just because it will not be easy. I feel passionately about recycling and eliminating plastic use, but do not get me wrong, I am still a part of the problem. I still buy plastic every time I go to the grocery store. It seems as though everything I need to buy is wrapped or packaged in plastic. Some of this use unfortunately, we cannot get around at this time, but making a few small changes here and there, can be a significant change for our earth! Here are some facts:
~100,00 marine creatures a year die from plastic entanglement and it is mostly plastic bags
~Approximately 1 million sea birds also die from plastic
~A plastic bag can kill numerous animals because they take so long to disintegrate. An animal that dies from the bag will decompose and the bag will be released, another animal could harmlessly fall victim and once again eat the same bag
~There are believed to be 46,000 pieces of plastic in every square mile of ocean
~It takes just 4 family shopping trips to accumulate 60 shopping bags
~Scientists have identified 200 areas declared as ‘dead zones’ where no life organism can now grow
These are just a few of the thousands of statistics about the increasingly dangerous effects that plastic is presenting to our earth. It is a problem that will continue to harm our animals, our soils and our water sources. I want my children to grow up and experience some of the same animals and nature that I have experienced. At this alarming rate of plastic in our oceans, there is a good chance that they may never experience certain marine life.
I challenge every person that reads this blog post, to buy 3 or 4 re-usable bags this week and eliminate the plastic bag usage for your shopping trips. It is one of the easier steps in being a part of the change in eliminating plastic.
~A single re-usable grocery bag, can save 312 plastic bags from the landfill, per person, per year.
If you are already utilizing the re-usable bags, I challenge you to share this with one of your family members or friends that you know, is using plastic bags from the grocery store or any other store for that matter.
A thought for the week….What would it be like if no one made ANY changes to eliminate plastic use? What would our oceans look like? What would our beaches look like? What would our big cities look like?
“I’m always inspired by people who choose to do what is right, not what is easy!”
Let’s be the change together!