Well here I am again about to blow your mind with some awesome words of wisdom, don't litter! I know I must sound like a very simple out dated broken record by now, but it is true don't litter, and you can stop litter by reading this post (oh listen to me). To me I always thought that littering was weird, because throwing something on the ground just never occurred as option when going through my normal thought processes. But still it happens, and sometimes it happens unintentionally, at it is those times that I am actually referencing. Well OK you got me, this is post is not just about littering, but rather the ways we can cut back to prevent littering from even having a chance to happen (see broken record, there is such an obvious theme on this blog). OK let me make a clear thought here. Recently came home from a trip. On this trip we visited an aquarium. At the aquarium we heard a talk about an albatross, during the talk the speaker referenced the amount of plastic that pollutes the oceans where these birds hunt and how much has been found inside the birds that researchers have recovered. It is sort of the license plate in a shark scenario. Anyway long story short they asked all those in the audience who used their own shopping bags, and a good amount raised their hands. Felt good, lots of planet saving people in the mix. Then they asked who used those shopping bags for more than grocery shopping and the number of hands got smaller (mine was still up, fear not I am that dork that raises her hand proudly might even offer a little wave in the hand and ooohoooh). Then they asked how many people used reusable straws. Well at this point I think it was my proud hand an one other. That was bitter sweet (love being able to raise my hand just wish more hands had been up). I have been told that my words, ideas, actions whatever I write about are not enough to be considered a real or valuable part of helping create sustainable choices. Well here is where I disagree. Any action that you do to protect your planet and the life on it counts, and will add up fast if enough people start practicing. There are so many who decide to do nothing. Nothing is easy, I get that trust me. But small actions do help, and they are an easy way to start doing something over nothing. No one on this blog is asking you to live in the tree tops foraging for nuts and berries only. So for those who scoff at me, go right on ahead. Maybe I will not convince anyone to get rid of electricity (I still have it) or even buy a reusable straw, but guess what you don't need one. Maybe what I may help with is convincing people just not to take those plastic straws offered in the first place. Because really that is all it is, just thinking about your actions. Those actions always have outcomes, good or bad. So yes I get that going out to eat is not environmentally friendly, but there are ways to help cut down on negative factors. Watch this going to loop back to the littering (intentional and unintentional) thing now like magic (or maybe just really bad writing). So when you do not take that straw, or that styrofoam container, or that plastic shopping bag, you will not have to throw it away, which means it will not fly off the back of the garbage truck, and then it will not end up in a water system, which means a bird, fish, or any other type of animal will not eat or get tangled up in it. So do not litter, say no to those straws and bags. Save yourself the energy of having to dispose of something that could end up as littler, and feel better that you helped a bird and your planet. Your conscious and your Mother (i know cheesey Earth reference) will thank you. Think about all that trash that is created and where it goes, on purpose and on accident. Then when you say no to a straw, at least you can say you did something rather than nothing. So please don't suck, say no to straws.