How My Panic Attacks Led to Being an Environmentalist

Courage Over Comfort

3b6b61e5927b5e580afe2706b76e46c1I grew up with a few saying that my mom drilled into my head. 

  1. "It doesn't hurt to ask." 
  2. "They can only say 'Yes' or 'No'" 

So as I continue on this environment-friendly journey by taking my own glass containers to food and drink places, I'm reminded of this. Do you know how much courage it takes to ask someone at a restaurant or other place if they'd be willing to put your food or drink in your own container? Most people just go with the convenience of using whatever disposable container the establishment uses. I mean, I understand. It's easy, you don't have to carry around your own containers and worry about cleaning them after, but honestly, is the convenience of single-use plastics better than a clean ocean? For me it isn't, so I do what I do. 

I'm finding that most places are willing to accommodate me. I'm usually met with, "Yeah, sure!" or an "I don't see why not." which is awesome to say the least. The road to using less plastic is long because it's so ubiquitous, but we can make small changes to our lifestyles. By trying to reduce my plastic usage I'm practicing what I preach. Why should I be embarrassed to ask for the things that I want? Why should I be embarrassed to do my part in helping the environment? I shouldn't be, and neither should anybody else. 

Amanda ❤
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