You probably thought this was just a cannabis blog and I wasn’t going to bring up the environment. Well guess what? You were wrong and you know why…cause everything is connected. The crossover between the cannabis community and environmentalists is huge.
In fact, in an unofficial poll all of the people I know involved in the cannabis industry are also concerned with the current state of the environment. Cannabis consumers have a deep love of organic and natural. We’ve seen through the pharmaceutical lies and over-consumption of capitalism. A plant healed me like no human made chemical pill ever could and that new Brooks Brother’s suit isn’t gonna make me any happier.
Now in the final years before the crash of the eco-system many of us are asking what we can do to save the planet. The answer is it is too late…but some of us will survive beyond this crisis and those that do need to be able to look back at the past and understand where it all went wrong. At the very least we should have some documentation of how the age of man ended…you know…for the Aliens that eventually find this planet and want to know why the smartest mammals died-off suddenly. Unlike the human theories on the extinction of the dinosaurs. We should leave behind a note saying…We Choked On Plastic!
[NOTE: If the current state of the environment stresses you out then the above paragraph was meant as joke. We’re all gonna be fine. Go pour yourself a nice glass of wine, pop an Ambien and watch the Kardashian’s.]
Do you know the song “Stuck in the Middle with You”? There’s that line that goes: “Clowns to the left of me! Jokers to the right! Here I am stuck in the middle with you.” We should really change that to “Plastic to the left of me! Plastic to the right. Here I am stuck in the middle choking on fucking plastic.” (Article continued under this big ass photo)
Christmas brought this tin of Parisian cookies to my house. I opened the tin to find approximately thirty small cookies individually wrapped in plastic. Absolutely Unnecessary!! Not only were the cookies already in a tightly sealed tin but the manufacturer decided it was a good idea to wrap each piece in plastic pollution.
There are already so many preservatives pumped into our food. Now each time I go to eat a cookie I have to think “Where is this plastic going?”
I’d love to say that I diligently separate all plastic for recycling but that simply isn’t true. Small little bags like this don’t make it into the recycle bin. So where does that plastic go?
- First, it probably goes to the landfill.
- Then it might get picked up by a bird or the wind
- But I’m almost certain it’s eventually going to make it’s way to the ocean.
Millions if not Billions of tons of plastic are floating in Earth’s oceans right now. And while there are plenty of companies working diligently to clean the planet up we simply aren’t doing enough to stop the flow of plastic into the environment.
And let me pour salt on that wound. Cause they’ve found plastic is actually breaking down.
While at first it does sound like a great thing. “Oh! the plastic is biodegrading! Yippee!” If that’s what you’re thinking, you’re terribly wrong. I didn’t say biodegrade. I said breaking down. Plastic products aren’t going anywhere. It’s just getting smaller. Unfortunately, this is an even worse thing than if it stayed together for millions of years. Now, we have a planet filled with micro-plastic.
I know…I said this blog wouldn’t be all doom and gloom. So hopefully, I’ll get this article out and move on to something happier. Though at the moment I can’t think what that might be. I said I’d talk about MJBIZCON but that article is more business and a bit dull.
So let me leave you with this thought: Not everything needs to be wrapped in plastic. Especially, single use. I personally am going to make a commitment to try to reduce the amount of single use plastic in my household. It’s not going to be easy. As I write this I have two cases of individually bottled water in my garage. But in the end I have to at least give it the old college try…and then profusely apologize to the planet.
George Carlin said it best: