Canvas tote bags are a great alternative to plastic bags - they last forever, and they don't mess up the environment.
If you need any convincing (and a laugh), listen to this guy - Tim Minchin on YouTube...
And when you buy a tote bag from my Cafe Press store, $2 from every purchase goes to help my expedition promote the ocean conservation message: No More Plastic Pollution!
In fact, $2 from whatever goodies you buy from the store goes to the same cause.
I'm about to replace my Voyage logo with a new one - coming soon - so these Voyage t-shirts, mugs and mousemats may possibly become collector's items. Buy now while you can! (But as I don't want to promote unnecessary consumption, only buy what you need - and EVERYBODY needs a tote bag!)
See this recent edition of National Geographic Magazine.... sobering stuff, from a highly reputable organization.
It's a small start, but a powerful reminder of the effect that one individual can have, and from small starts grow great movements....
Rebecca Hosking recently arrived home from the Pacific to her home in Modbury in the West Country. She was concerned about wild life between USA and Hawaii because she had seen dolphins caught up with plastic carrier bags. She has now got the town to ban all plastic bags.
Linen bags have been distributed; "amnesty bins" are available for people to dump plastic bags. Butchers use paper to wrap items, then place them in rice fabric bags, which look almost like plastic, but are biodegradable. She is urging other councils to do the same. More supermarkets are now offering a 'lifetime bag' in exchange for 5 carrier bags. And linen bags are becoming collectors' items.
Click here for the full story.
"We never thought it would take off like this," Rebecca says. "I just wanted to do my bit. But the whole thing is just flying."
And that's all we can each do - our bit. Are you doing yours?
If you'd like some ideas what you can do to help, read the Blue Frontier Campaign's book, 50 Ways to Save the Ocean,
While I remain cut off from the outside world, concentrating on writing my book, I will offer this quote as a substitute for a blog...
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
I totally agree. I've tried tackling projects both ways:
a) single-mindedly, not even considering the possibility of failure (or not until it was too late to back out, anyway)
b) being sensible and circumspect, and considering all factors before committing.
I can firmly say, based on my own experience, that the latter way of approaching a challenge almost inevitably results in abandoning the challenge before even starting it.
If you want to actually get something done, it is much better to hurl yourself in wholeheartedly, with enough stubborn bull-headedness to just make it happen, no matter what.
But just don't hold ME responsible for the consequences. They could be either a magnificent achievement and total fulfilment, or they could be a magnificent face-splat and utter humiliation. Or somewhere in between. In the end, does it really matter? At least you gave it a try...