The faux pas

via Daily Prompt: Toxic

I always carry a plastic bag with me when I travel, thinking I’ll need it in an emergency.  They are not yet banned in Perth but they are banned elsewhere in the State.

When in Exmouth, I decided I’d take it to the beach with me to bring back my loot of shells and rocks.  My faux pas was highly visible to other beach goers.  I could almost hear their tut tuts over the waves.  Their accusatory looks were understandable.  I was in a heritage marine park.  Using a plastic bag here is obscene.

On my return to Perth I happened to catch a documentary on plastic pollution.  I squirmed in my seat.  Like millions of others, I have contributed to the toxic waste in our seas.

I reflected on my use of plastic.  It is almost unavoidable.  How did we get this way?  When did carrying a plastic bottle of water become an accessory?

The law of supply and demand is simple.  The power of one, irrefutable.  It starts from within, in that place called social conscience, where clever marketing cannot find a foothold.  Something to think about.

So it’s cloth carry bags for me from now on.

Until next time

As always

a dawn bird


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