Remember that guest post that Grant’s cousin chronicling his adventure trying to avoid a plastic cup while on an airplane? And then I wrote about Chris Jordan whose art work informed me that 4 million plastic cups are used in the United States airline industry each day?
Well yesterday was the first time I’d been on a plane in a while, and you could definitely say that plastic cups were on my mind.
As we took off, I clutched my reusable mug and prepared to fight for my right to use it. I rehearsed in my mind how I would manoeuvre my way out of a plastic cup: plead, reason, cite the environment, claim the dreaded (but highly effective) “plastic allergy”?
But my fears were unneccessary. I’m happy to report that the good folks at Westjet didn’t bat an eye when I presented my reusable mug. That’s right. I said ‘yes’ to apple juice and flew plastic cup free at the same time!
A small battle, but a perfect example of a choice we can make that could, collectively, have a big impact.
(And before you tell me about how the very act of flying is more detrimental to the environment than a plastic cup, I should probably say that yes, I agree. And I do see the irony.)