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The Last Straw- Will You Change The World With Me?

My child who loves pretends game pulled out the beach chair in front of the TV and sat in it like a swimmer relaxing post-swim. She asked for a glass of juice and as the playful pretend game was on the verge of its climax; she demanded a STRAW.

 

straw GIF

How she copies what she sees. I immediately told her that we do not use straws. She has to make an effort and sip the juice by the glass. She agreed. This entire scenario looks very normal. But shockingly, we never used straws even for kids. Because:

Reason 1- I never use these are impossible to clean and thus become a home to numerous bacteria and molds.

Reason 2- We never felt there is any NEED to use the straws when we can sip from the glass.

Reason 3- By not introducing the straws, my child has learned to drink directly from the cup. A step towards making them independent. What we teach them, they learn.


“There are 1000+ Marine Species In The World Are Known To Be Affected By Plastic Pollution In Our Oceans”


Beach Cleanup

Beach cleanup by our children – Environmental current events

The last straw and the Passion Project are campaigns against single-use straws that cannot be reused.

The Last Straw (Headed by Mia) and The Passion Project (Rocked by Sara) campaign stresses upon avoiding the use of plastic in daily life, and then we can really make a big impact. Even the kids are taking the pledge.
Kids against plastic

Fact : Did you know, In just one day, the people of the USA use that many straws which are sufficient enough to wrap the entire earth almost two and a half times? In just a day. That is something serious.


 

Beach Cleanup in UAE

Beach cleanup initiative on 15th September 2018 at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas


“Our Obsession with plastic is choking to death some of the most spectacular animals on the planet. We have to act and we have to act fast.”

rihanna recycle GIF by mtv

These plastic straws are a real culprit, we do not realize but their usage is so extensive that it is the worst disguised enemy of our plant. Guess who will be getting the most affected? Our Kids, The next generation.

Children are our future, we are the present. What we teach them, will remain with them forever. The habits, the logic. Everything. Please do not cover your face with a handkerchief when you cross a stinky landfill full of plastic waste. Instead, be the change and stop using the single-use plastic. Learn to recycle and upcycle/ repurpose things and imbibe the same in your kids. Leave the planet in a viable condition for them to survive and not to sulk.

throw up trash can GIF by Feliks Tomasz Konczakowski


“We do not want to protect the Environment, we want to create a world where the environment doesn’t need protecting.”

Cute kids taking a pledge momislearning

Cute kids taking a pledge


When I first came to The UAE, I was taken aback by the immensity of the plastic waste here. Each time I would buy groceries, the smallest of the items was first packed in a thin plastic bag and in the end, all those small bags would be handed over in bigger plastic bags. These plastic bags are disposed of by these supermarkets on a big scale. Each shopper would carry about a minimum of 2-3 plastic bags that eventually destined to end up in a trash bin at the most. Imagine the environmental impact. 

I was shocked at first but slowly this practice took over me too. I was comfortable buying my groceries in those plastic bags only. Until I met these awesome girls Mia and Sarah. Mia is an Environmom who has started a mission to spread awareness about the ill effects of single-use plastic as a part of environmental protection. Her campaign is called the last straw. Even her little kids and husband are supporting her. Sarah is the pioneer of The Passion Project and really trying to change the views of society against the use of plastic.


“Make Every Day Earth Day”

 


Ways to help the environment –

  • Eat ice cream on a stick or cone.. say no to cup.
ice cream cones instead cups

 Use Cones instead of cups

  • Use more reusable bags, bring your own bags (cloth ones are everlasting and cost-effective too) to buy groceries.
    Some cool substitutes to the plastic items

        Some cool substitutes to the plastic items

     

  • Use Steel/ glass bottles for water. One is Enough.
    Would it hurt you to care?

                     Would it hurt you to care?

     

  • Say no to single-use straws opt for Steel, wood or paper straws. Save the marine life. Plastic is plastic, takes years to decompose.
    Reusable Straws

                Reusable Straws

     

  • Hey, also, Buy Secondhand when new isn’t necessary. There is a group on Facebook called Freecycle Abu Dhabi which has taken up-cycle and re-cycle to a new level. Free stuff, free-cycle.
  • We can simply explore many alternates to many things that have plastic.
Spice Bag

               Cloth Bags for Everything

  • Use Reusable Cloth diapers instead of non-biodegradable disposable ones. This will even save a lot of money.
    Reusable Cloth Diapers

                     Reusable Cloth Diapers

     

The straws are ruining the world and most importantly, the marine life is the most affected? Thousands of dead animals found at the shores have straws and plastics stuck inside them. They succumb to a death they do not deserve. The Earth is going to face such an imbalance that will affect everyone soon. Even us Humans will be affected. Noah’s Arc won’t be able to save us then. Be responsible. Change your actions and habits NOW.

surprise wow GIF


Straws deserve ditching. Do it now by taking a pledge here in the comments.

In association with the passion project and the last straw challenge, we will be giving away a surprise kit to ONE lucky winner. (For UAE Residents only). Simply comment with your Name and Email id to enter.

Please note that we are NOT promoting any brand or product here because this is an awareness program and giveaway is courtesy of The Passion Project.

 

 

Therefore, Don’t forget to share this post to spear awareness and enter the giveaway draw by simply commenting here with your Name and Email id. Very soon the winner’s name will be announced on the Facebook pages. Be environmentally friendly.

 

Read about 20 Tips to fly with kids here.

Will you change the world with me?

 

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  • diorellajoy

    2018-09-23 at 4:46 am
    Reply

    This is a good initiative! Building an eco friendly future for our families :-)

  • graceacla

    2018-09-24 at 8:47 am
    Reply

    I am with you! We are also initiating and training Giane by using ice cream cones, cloth diapers, using glass containers in storing her food […] Read MoreI am with you! We are also initiating and training Giane by using ice cream cones, cloth diapers, using glass containers in storing her food and friuits and buying eco-friendly toys (no to plastic). Let's have a #plasticfree world for our kids :) Read Less

  • This is Brii

    2018-09-28 at 3:24 am
    Reply

    Loved this! I always try to be eco-friendly, and may not be the best, but I try everyday! Our poor Earth suffers so much!

  • healthyfitcouple.com

    2018-09-28 at 6:35 pm
    Reply

    Great reminder, I need to really get on the recycle bin again.

  • Blushblushtomato

    2018-09-29 at 10:29 am
    Reply

    This is so sad to watch, but also a great reminder for us to be responsible to our environment.

  • adaezeboltbethel

    2018-09-29 at 4:28 pm
    Reply

    Great post Deepa Jaisingh, hopeful this article will open the eyes of many to the damages we are causing due to the excessive use […] Read MoreGreat post Deepa Jaisingh, hopeful this article will open the eyes of many to the damages we are causing due to the excessive use of plastic. Read Less

  • vballangel5

    2018-09-30 at 5:35 am
    Reply

    That’s an great project to get involved with

  • Jeferson Beluso

    2018-09-30 at 4:58 pm
    Reply

    I love Nature and saving it by all means like your initiative is heaven sent……. I do participate like doing my part everyday however small […] Read MoreI love Nature and saving it by all means like your initiative is heaven sent……. I do participate like doing my part everyday however small it is …. Stil it counts….. Read Less

  • Indu

    2018-09-30 at 8:31 pm
    Reply

    Appreciate your post on environment and how we can contribute to protect it.

  • Ann

    2018-10-01 at 7:59 am
    Reply

    Oh, a community worth supporting for! I am with you on this! In Japan, plastic use is still prevalent though they are into eco […] Read MoreOh, a community worth supporting for! I am with you on this! In Japan, plastic use is still prevalent though they are into eco friendly campaign now.. reuse and recycle is the thing here. Read Less

  • Beau-tee Mail

    2018-10-02 at 5:54 am
    Reply

    I totally love this. I hope this helps people embrace eco friendly lifestyle

  • Coleccion De Fotografia

    2018-10-04 at 7:33 pm
    Reply

    I salute you for training your kids not to use straw! You are my hero!

  • Lalitha Manikandan

    2018-10-05 at 6:41 pm
    Reply

    Wow a great initiative. We need to be more eco conscious everyday and teach a few simple ways to avoid single use plastics to our […] Read MoreWow a great initiative. We need to be more eco conscious everyday and teach a few simple ways to avoid single use plastics to our children so that we can preserve our Earth’s resources for the future generations. Name: Lalitha Manikandan mother of environmentalists Sainath Manikandan and Sai Sahana Manikandan Email id: [email protected] Read Less

  • Shiela

    2018-10-06 at 5:19 am
    Reply

    Yes let us be a part and take action to save our planet earth for our kids. It’s good to hear that people are starting […] Read MoreYes let us be a part and take action to save our planet earth for our kids. It’s good to hear that people are starting to use eco-friendly bags for groceries here in UAE. Read Less

  • Nancy Santos

    2018-10-06 at 9:14 am
    Reply

    I’m with you for the future of our generation..

  • Chantal Larose

    2018-10-06 at 11:30 am
    Reply

    I’m with you on this! been hard to cut out straws seeing I have two little ones who use them but hopefully we can completely […] Read MoreI’m with you on this! been hard to cut out straws seeing I have two little ones who use them but hopefully we can completely with your help! Chantal Larose [email protected] Read Less

  • Shwetha

    2018-10-11 at 7:38 pm
    Reply

    I usually get my own cloth bag while shopping especially in places like Lulu and Carrefour where they give away a lot of plastics. I’m Shwetha […] Read MoreI usually get my own cloth bag while shopping especially in places like Lulu and Carrefour where they give away a lot of plastics. I’m Shwetha . [email protected] Read Less

  • Punitha

    2018-10-12 at 3:06 pm
    Reply

    Very important article for our environment. We have to think out future generation…. Name : Punitha Gnanasekaran [email protected] this is my email id

  • Komal

    2018-10-16 at 10:43 pm
    Reply

    Amazing, i get so disturbed by the amount of waste, plastic waste specially we have in the Uae. I coach people, colleagues, drivers,neighbors everyone about […] Read MoreAmazing, i get so disturbed by the amount of waste, plastic waste specially we have in the Uae. I coach people, colleagues, drivers,neighbors everyone about how can we be more mindful. Am so glad and with you in it💙 Read Less

    • Mia
      to Komal

      2018-10-19 at 10:30 am
      Reply

      I would like to understand how you promote your coaching for my learning. Am also promoting awareness campaign but on a personal level as my […] Read MoreI would like to understand how you promote your coaching for my learning. Am also promoting awareness campaign but on a personal level as my advocacy to be an “EnviroMom”. It was a blessing to met Deepa and Sara Arceo for the Passion project Read Less

    • Deepa Jaisingh
      to Komal

      2018-10-26 at 12:41 pm
      Reply

      Hi Komal, congratulations. You have won this giveaway. Please share your address and we shall send you the prize. Thanks and congrats again.

  • Riham

    2018-10-19 at 4:47 pm
    Reply

    Riham Alkhalaf [email protected]

  • Maricel Sison

    2018-10-19 at 7:46 pm
    Reply

    We bought metallic straw from the Philippines because my daughter Izcel Pauleen (14 yrs old) encouraged us not to use plastic straw to help & […] Read MoreWe bought metallic straw from the Philippines because my daughter Izcel Pauleen (14 yrs old) encouraged us not to use plastic straw to help & protect our environment. Read Less

  • Masooda

    2018-10-23 at 11:45 pm
    Reply

    Great initiative. Am with you guys in this. Masooda [email protected]

  • Charusheela Ingale

    2018-10-24 at 6:46 am
    Reply

    Such a great initiative to put some steps forward towards zero waste. Absolutely we need to rethink everything we use and this article is an […] Read MoreSuch a great initiative to put some steps forward towards zero waste. Absolutely we need to rethink everything we use and this article is an eye opener. Read Less

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Mother to a four year old girl. I am a creative being since my childhood. I create and my little one destroys. The love story continues.

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