A Common Thread

Where to begin….This is a photo of the beach in Nuweiba, Egypt. It’s hard to really see how much trash there was but trust me that place looked like a disaster zone. It literally looked like a hurricane just passed by. The one thing I realized was that I figured out what makes us human…besides the obvious physiological and psychological needs that we share in common, the one common thread that makes us human beings is the amount of trash we create. It was incredibly disturbing knowing that all this trash came from the sea and that one day it will all go back. After witnessing all this garbage it really got me thinking about the environment. Malawi, in Africa, was a prime example of sustainable living as a result of the people not being able to purchase or consume at the rate more developed countries do. And with the things they did purchase they reused over and over again; thus, there was very little garbage in Malawi. On the other hand, developing and developed countries have embraced a disposable culture of consumerism. We package, purchase, consume then toss. In the end, it is our environment that suffers and whether you’d like to believe or not, I’m straight up telling you this is FACT. Out of all the places I traveled to, most of the garbage I have seen if from food and beverage products. I really think it’s about time that corporations and governments stop putting the responsibility on people (consumers) and make change with in. Most people in the world don’t know any better and unless they learn (which most will never have opportunity) then we can’t expect people to change their ways because no matter what if we purchase we will still make trash. Furthermore, as much as we want to be eco-friendly, the more we consume, the larger the footprint we leave behind however it wouldn’t be so bad if companies began changing their packaging. It wouldn’t solve all environmental woes but it would make a difference. There are still bigger fish to fry but at least this would be a start. The first thing I will do when I get back is write Coca-Cola (the world’s largest beverage company) to find out what kinds of steps they are taking as a company to change their packaging…cause shit man there was Coke stuff all over and for the time being I’m standing my ground and placing the blame on them for making such crap packaging to begin with.


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