Plastics: Take 3 for the Sea

Plastics: Take 3 for the Sea - Episode 174 of The Slow Home Podcast

Ben and I have focused a lot over the past couple of weeks on reducing our own use of plastics, which is no doubt vitally important in cleaning up our environment and creating long-term change. But equally important is cleaning up the rubbish that already exists in our oceans, our parks and our wilderness. It’s this plastic that is causing disasters such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and widespread environmental devastation, and it’s this kind of plastic we talk about today.

In this poggie, Ben and I take our inspiration directly from an organisation I’m very very fond of: Take 3 for the Sea.

Founded by surfing enthusiast, Amanda Marechal, marine ecologist, Roberta Dixon-Valk and environmentalist, Tim Silverwood, Take 3 is based on the very simple idea that small actions can have a big impact. And considering Plastic-Free July has now officially begun, we figured this would be a great time to talk about the very simple idea that lies at the heart of Take 3:

Simply Take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or… anywhere.

So every time you go out in to nature – be it the beach, a bushwalk, the park or river – pick up three pieces of rubbish and put them in the bin. It’s that simple.

One of the things I love about this idea is its accessibility. Kids can get behind this simple call to action just as well as (if not more than) adults, and once we introduced our kids to the idea of ‘taking 3’, it’s been incredible to see just how enthusiastic they’ve become. And in that lies the power of Take 3.

In an upcoming poggie I chat with Tim Silverwood of Take 3 about the power of these small actions (keep an ear out in a few weeks for that one!) and he told me that while the small action of taking 3 is important, it’s the awareness that comes as a result that has the true power. And I’ve seen that in action with our own family – once we see the rubbish that’s left behind, the impact it has on the environment we love so much, it’s impossible to unsee.

The takeaway from today’s episode couldn’t be simpler: when you’re out in nature, try taking 3.

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