Category Archives: Fixing World Issues

Let’s End World Hunger

Have you ever wanted to end world hunger?

Of course you have.

I’m pretty sure that at least once in our life, that thought has crossed each and every one of our minds.

There’s a teeny tiny problem though. If we have all thought about it, why hasn’t it happened yet? Well, let me tell you why. It’s because you (yes you) haven’t read this conveniently inspiring article yet. I’m going to share a secret with you. I’m going to tell you how I think you and I could make this work.

There’s one little thing you gotta do before you read further. Press on that play button (if you can’t see a play button, that’s probably because you are not reading this on a web browser) and watch that short video. It won’t take much of your time.

Wow eh? I wouldn’t have added that to this article unless it was incredibly inspiring. If you were like me, you probably ended up replaying that video making your siblings and parents watch it too. If you were even more like me, you live in an extremely hot weathered country where you can’t seem to even stop withering away yourself. So how on Earth will you be able to grow crops?

Remember reading ‘conveniently inspiring’? The inspiring part is just over with (at least 90% of it), and the convenient part? I’m going to summarize all the best crops to grow in both hot and cold climates, just for you. This makes it so easy you don’t even have to waste a second more of your time figuring out what to grow. All you need to do is, get up, get your face off the screen and do your part to end hunger.

Warm Season –

  • Breakfast crops –
  1. Corn
  2. Sweet potato
  3. Cucumber
  4. Tomato
  5. Southern peas
  • Lunch/Dinner crops –
  1. Beans
  2. Eggplant
  3. Pumpkin
  4. Okra/Ladies fingers
  5. Zucchini
  6. Tomatillo
  7. Gourds
  • Dessert crops –
  1. Melons
  2. Watermelons
  3. Cantaloupe
  4. Honeydew

Cold Season –

  • Breakfast crops –
  1. Carrot
  2. Beets
  3. Turnip
  4. Potatoes
  5. English peas
  • Lunch/Dinner crops –
  1. Broccoli
  2. Brussels sprouts
  3. Cabbage
  4. Leeks
  5. Radish
  6. Spinach
  7. Parsley
  8. Celery
  9. Cauliflower
  10. Lettuce

These crops don’t fall into a warm or cold season category.

  1. Artichoke
  2. Asparagus
  3. Chive
  4. Parsnip
  5. Garlic
  6. Onion

Why I divided them under the ‘breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert’ categories was to clearly show that these crops are certainly enough to feed a person three times a day. You can most definitely use the crops for whatever meal you want.

I will be starting my own garden very soon, in aim to feed people who have no choice but to go hungry. There will definitely be more posts regarding this. I truly can’t wait to get out there, do my part and share how I did it with you. Get started, I know you wanna join me too.

With Love.

 

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My Take On The LGBT Community

Dear Readers,

I got triggered.

I’ve been keeping my mouth shut for quite a while now, but I personally think it’s time I say something.

So what exactly triggered me? Well, there was this video of LGBT acceptance in Sri Lanka which led me to refer the comments on it. Like you probably would have guessed by now, the comment section was filled with so much hate.

Here are a few of the comments,

“The bus should be driven straight to the nearest hospital for treatment.” 

“Here comes the cultural destruction of Sri Lanka, let’s call it for what it is, let’s not disguise immorality with “acceptance” and “kindness” to normalize it.”

“Homosexuality is a disease of mind, same as pedophiles who so-called ‘prefer’ children. Unnatural shit getting promoted. That’s all what this is about. I have no problem with gays or LGBT wierdos doing what they do, in private. It’s that they try to shove their so called ‘pride’ in other people’s faces. Please just do your hideous things in closed rooms. And one thing, see, almost no one gave a single fuck about your rainbow butterfly chickenshit anyway.”

“A fast growing disease in western countries now in SL. WTF?” 

“Yeaaaaaaaaakkk!!!! Homos…………. Who brought them here?” 

First of all, just what? Are you kidding me?

Let me tell you what I believe in and support, loud and clear, before you start coming to conclusions like me being gay.

I do NOT support homosexuality. Maybe it’s because my religion doesn’t, maybe it’s because of my Sri Lankan culture, maybe I just don’t think it’s human nature, but that doesn’t matter. I just don’t.

Me not supporting homosexuality doesn’t mean I hate homosexuals. Why would I? Homosexuality doesn’t make people who they are! If you love people for their sexual preference, you’ve clearly got a huge problem there. You should love people for who they are, not for their sexual preference.

Me not supporting homosexuality basically means that I wouldn’t say “I support homosexuality”. Simply because I don’t, and I wouldn’t want to lie to myself or the world about anything. Even that, maybe I would later on. Just to show the world that I (being a Muslim) don’t hate homosexuals and they shouldn’t either. Who knows?

Hate is a weak emotion, a sign of failure.

This applies to any kind of hate at all. From hating people without hurting them (and their feelings) at all, all the way to a massive act of terror.

The funniest thing is how people love to point out other peoples “immorality”. For crying out loud, get your own morals sorted out first. If you were actually a moral person, you wouldn’t be pointing out others faults (or ‘so called faults’ in your mind) in the first place.

Yes, I do understand that you are “entitled to your own opinion”. However, if your opinion is one of hate, I recommend you respect yourself and respect others and keep your opinions to yourself. Seriously! You are not getting yourself anywhere by expressing hate.

Also, who are you to judge other people? Do you think you are God? Well, let me tell you something. You are not. Only God can judge us for what we do. So why do you even bother? Is there something you get out of it?

Come on people! We are only humans. We all do things, right and wrong. We all have different likes and dislikes. We all have different things we support. We are all different. There is only one thing which keep us alike. Our humanity.

Are we really going to let our humanity disappear? I hope not!

With Love.

 

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In Pursuit Of Perfection

You probably won’t understand my story at first. Just like everyone else, you will ask me if I’m insane. You will probably tell me that all I need is therapy. You’ll question as to why my parents never realized my condition until it got really bad. You will have a lot of questions.

It’s reasonable and I don’t blame you.

But that gives me all the more incentive to tell you to read until the very end.

It all started in 2012.

I was merely a chubby 13 year old with no concern whatsoever about my waist line or the fact that I ate twice as much as my friends at school breaks.

I was happy, I was laughing loudly, I had so many friends and everyone loved me. I was doing exceptionally well at school, both academically and in my extra curriculum.

I had an amazing relationship with my parents, they were (still are) my world.

I couldn’t ask for a better life.

Fast forward to 2013.

Imagine this life.

You stagger to the bathroom, using the wall to hold you up. You don’t remember the last time you ate a “normal” meal. You can hear your stomach growling from the lack of food for days.

Stepping on the scale will determine your mood for the day. If it has decreased since yesterday, you have succeeded; if it has stayed the same, or worse, gone up, those voices inside your head become stronger, telling you how useless you are.

When you look at the mirror, you see that your cheeks have hallowed, your t shirt cleaves inwards hugging just bone and skin. You can feel your ribs through your shirt and your collar bones show up so sharply.

But, your mirror tricks you.

This voice inside your head, tells you that you’re fat. So fat and ugly.

You remember the bodies of the models on the runway, so perfect, so thin, so flawless.

“I’m fat”, you tell yourself. The voices in your head keep telling you that being skinny is everything. They tell you that skinny is being beautiful, skinny is perfect and skinny is flawless. And you listen, wholeheartedly believing it.

You begin to develop an inexplicable hatred towards your “fat” body.

Whereas in truth you’re actually underweight, you’re cold and weak. You can hardly go through the day without thinking you’ll collapse. But there is this one thought which keeps pushing you forward.

The craving to burn calories as much as possible.

Throughout your day, you take the stairs and run the extra mile, you skip meals and avoid food at all costs, but sometimes you just can’t help it, you binge.

You keep stuffing in on whatever food is in sight and secretly purge in bathrooms where nobody can hear you.

No one notices, which is fine because that’s exactly what you want.

You clean up the remains of your act and secretly wipe the tears that well up in your eyes when you throw up. You compose yourself, smile at yourself in the mirror and walk out of the washroom as if nothing ever happened.

Sometimes you have to fake a cold and a few sneezes as an excuse for reddened eyes.

Sometimes you have to run the water loudly or flush the toilet, just to hide the sound of you forcefully jamming your finger down your throat and bringing up what you just ate.

Welcome to the life of a person with an eating disorder.

A life I lived for a good 3 years.

A person with an eating disorder lives a life of secrets. They could be Anorexic or Bulimic. If you did imagine what I related in the before paragraphs, well then, you’ve seen some very typical events of my life between the years of 2013 to 2015.

I flip flopped between both anorexia and bulimia , when I starved myself and consumed next to nothing, I was being anorexic and vice versa.

Now, let’s come to the most important question. WHY?

Why did this happen to me? Was I bullied? Was I abused?

The shocking answer is NO. My friends never laughed at my weight, I had a care free, happy, go lucky life with no worries whatsoever.

But then..

One fine day, I got on the weighing scale and I noticed something.

I noticed that my weight has dropped.

I noticed that I can actually fit into my favorite jeans again.

I liked it.

I liked this new look so much. As I continued to lose weight, people said I looked prettier. I could now fit into all those crop tops and chic jeans unlike in the past. Losing weight became my nicotine and I was addicted.

There you go. That was the trigger which gave rise to my eating disorder. It was that simple, no abuse, no bullying.

See, that’s the catch.

The persistent issue with eating disorders is the fact that individuals tend to hide it from their family, and that too, most efficiently.

A simple diet or a few comments on an increased waist line, a breakdown of ingredients on your favorite type of junk food, a few fashion magazines or even tightly fitting clothes can be that initial trigger for an eating disorder.

On the long run it can cost you your life. However far stretched this may sound, this is the situation in the real world.

With fashion goals being a size zero for designer wear and stick thin models hitting the runway, it is no wonder than 90% of the worlds women, aged between 12 to 25, and a shocking 25% of college students suffer from eating disorders.

The issue with eating disorders is that its causes cannot be contained to a few pinpointed reasons.

It took me a lot of time to come out of this situation, Not just time, but a lot of family fights, friendship breakups, many depressed nights and a lot of will power. To this date, I do not know how I finally silenced the voices of anorexia and bulimia commanding and paving my way to an early grave.

But, what is important is that I did it. And you know what? It’s been amazing ever since. I got through it. I hope and pray that you do too.

With Love.

PS – This is the story of one of my closest friends. She preferred to stay anonymous. Feel free to leave your thoughts, but please do not bombard me or her with more questions in the comment section.

PPS – Feel free to share this message out there. It could help someone who is battling their way through an eating disorder. You could save a life by a share.

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Global Warming – What We Can Do About It

The Earth is not dying, it’s being killed.

What is global warming? It’s one of the most vexing environmental issues of our time. The Earth’s surface, oceans and the atmosphere is gradually heating up. Why is this a problem?

  • Melting of the polar ice caps – Rising of the sea level.
  • More frequent and severe weather – Floods, floods and more floods.
  • Air pollution.
  • Higher death rates.
  • Higher wildlife extinction rates.

Is that not enough of a list of problems? Why is global warming only taught to us in schools? These are the kind of things that should go viral in the internet.

So what can we do to save our only home?

Here’s 15 ways how to prevent killing our Earth –

  1. Speak up – Spread the message about global warming and why it’s so important to prevent it.
  2. Reduce, reuse, recycle – This step is the solution to almost any environmental issue.
  3. Power yourself, your homes with renewable energy – Use less energy, or if that’s very difficult to do, use renewable energy.
  4. Reduce heating and air-conditioning – It uses at least half of home energy. You can make your space more energy efficient by sealing drafts and ensuring it’s adequately insulated.
  5. Change your light bulbs – Use better light bulbs. LED lightbulbs use up to 80 percent less energy than conventional incandescents. They are also cheaper in the long run.
  6. Drive less, walk more – This is not only saving the Earth, it also keeps you fit. If you have to use a vehicle, use a fuel efficient vehicle.
  7. Charge your phone with a solar powered hybrid battery charger.
  8. Diaper your baby in soft, easy to wash, cloth diapers.
  9. Eat and drink local produce.
  10. Turn your yard into a wildlife preserve.
  11. Wear organic or fair trade clothes.
  12. Donate everything you can to resell shops.
  13. Take your own water bottle/coffee mug.
  14. Build an eco house or build eco into your existing house.
  15. Plant a tree.

Think globally, act locally.

Cheers to trying help save the world!

With Love.

 

All Lives Matter, But Does Yours Matter More? 

Does your life matter more than someone else’s?

Think about it for a moment. Don’t just think about it. Think about it deeply. 😇

This is quite the controversial topic. The majority of us may say, “No, ofcourse not!” Some others would say, “Yes, why not?”

What do you think?

The problem behind this question is that it’s difficult to answer it. Why?

If you say yes, you’ll be seen as a racist, extremist, and many other things.

If you say no, well.. You are cool. Except you could just be saying it only because it’s the right thing to say.

Why would anyone think that their life matters more than the life of someone else? Is it because you think your race is superior to someone else’s? Is it because you feel like terrorists who kill innocent people don’t have a place in this world? Is it because you feel like that about yourself? “I am special. Ofcourse my life is more important.”

It’s completely fine to have your own opinion, just make sure to drop them down. 👍🏻

So what do you think? All lives matter, ofcourse. But does your life matter more than someone else’s?

Cheers!

With Love.

Enough With The Double Standards

Dear Readers,

Following the Manchester incident, I wondered, how this would affect the Muslims in the world. There’ll be some young boy getting bullied in school because he’s a Muslim. There’ll be some Muslim woman told horrible things in the road. Blamed for something which even she herself hates. And the worse part? No one is going to stand up for them. Because everyone is scared of Muslims. Everyone hates Muslims. Everyone thinks ‘Oh well! He/she deserves it. They brought it upon themselves.’ Do they really deserve that? Would you? Given you were in that position? No. You don’t, they don’t, no one does.

First off, this is the most risky post I’ve ever posted upto date. I have been considering it for a while, I thought maybe I shouldn’t do it because of all the hate towards Muslims these days. But I came to realize, if not now, when? This hate just seems to grow day by day. I might never be able to get through to people in a months time. Who knows? Also, death is as unpredictable as it is inevitable. I don’t want to die without saying something which could save someone else’s life.

Secondly, you are AMAZING! Seriously. I’m not just saying it because I want you to be on good terms with me. You are beyond amazing! Blogging has connected me with so many wonderful people. In my previous blog about ending terrorism, Let’s End Terrorism, One Step At A Time, I received so much of positive feedbacks from people that I hardly knew. It was honestly better than I expected. I was anticipating atleast one bad comment about how my religion is to blame for it or something, but none did I get. That made me realise that this world is a not so bad place after all, and that there were plenty of loving, non-judgmental people.

Now, I’m off to my point. While speaking for Islam, I speak for all the other religions when I say,

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Here’s why Islam is not a religion of terror,

1. According to Islam, religion is a matter of choice

The Holy Qur’an states (Ch – Chapter, V – Verse),

There is no compulsion in matters of religion. (Ch.2:V.257)

There is nobody on Earth who can in anyway compel anybody or force anybody to accept the religion of Islam. The Holy Qur’an declares that the freedom of belief is the basic right of all human beings. They can believe in any religion they like and they can become the member of any faith they choose.

This ofcourse proves that ‘Punishment for Apostasy is Death’ and ‘All Non-Muslims must be Killed’ is a myth. (This is something which extremists use and manipulate to have their way.)

Islam teaches us to love both our Muslim and Non-Muslim brothers and sisters.

2. Islam does not promote violence, war or even hatred towards other people –

Islam allows war only if other people take the initiative and start the aggression. The permission to fight back is a basic human right.

And fight in the way of Allah against those who fight against you, but do not transgress. Surely, Allah loves not the transgressors. (Ch.2:V.191)

Note – ‘And fight in the way of Allah’. What may this way be? Here’s a few war ethics in Islam.

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3. You are not a Muslim if you don’t follow the religion properly –

Just because a person is born to a Muslim family doesn’t make that person a Muslim. Only when you die are you determined if you are a Muslim or not depending on your belief in God and how righteous you are.

If a person kills someone else (except abiding the war ethics) in the name of religion or otherwise, that doesn’t make that person a Muslim. Infact, it makes that person exactly the opposite. So is it fair that we label Muslims (the true ones, not the ones who claim to be Muslims) as terrorists? Just because a certain person with a Muslim name or a person who says “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) and kills someone? No, we don’t. We shouldn’t. That’s not right, is it?

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A terrorist is simply, exactly what you get when you Google it, ‘a person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims’. This can be any person. But that’s all it is, a derailed person with no love and compassion for human beings. Come on people. We are smart enough to understand this aren’t we?

It’s time we end the stereotype Muslims have been given. Go on, set your example. Love everyone!

With Love.

Let’s End Terrorism, One Step At A Time

Terrorism.

Even the word itself is frightening.

I’ve got a huge problem. I cannot stop thinking about what happened in Manchester. Something inside me just broke. I think I just lost all my faith in humanity. I can’t imagine why it’s hurting me so much. I mean yes, I can totally see why I’m upset about it, but this is something else. It’s almost like I lost someone I love.

Why? Why why why why? God damnit! Why would anyone hurt anyone? At all? I can’t even imagine hurting an animal (I am not saying in anyway that it’s okay to hurt an animal), how can someone deliberately kill so many people? So many innocent people who’ve done nothing wrong to them? I mean, obviously someone who would end their own life in an act of terrorism probably doesn’t care about anyone else’s life. But still? It doesn’t matter if they are children or adults, girls or boys, black or white. Yes, it is much worse when those who are targetted are young teenage girls. But it really doesn’t matter. Why is this world filled with so much of unnecessary hate and violence?

Can you even imagine what it’s like? Can you imagine what the parents who’ve lost their beautiful children are going through? I read that a married couple who’ve gone to the arena to pick their child were identified victims of the attack. Can you imagine what that child must be going through? Children losing their parents. Parents losing their children. People losing their loved ones. How does the people who survived it get over something like that? How does anyone get over something like that? My heart breaks for those people. I wish there was something I could do. If I could give up my life in exchange of stopping terrorism, I would. I wouldn’t let anyone I love do that (I would stop them with everything I got) because I wouldn’t be able to bear them gone, but I would do it. I’m a bit selfish like that.

Everyone has the same fate. Birth, life and death. Why would anyone not want to live life (the very short time period they’ve got) peacefully? With love? Joy? Who is to blame to this? God? Don’t you say yes to that. You have a free will. You are accountable for your own actions.

If that’s the case, and if everyone is born as an innocent child, how does this transformation happen? Who is to blame to this? Adults? Adults who’ve maybe mistreated or miseducated these terrorists when they were young? Does this mean we can eventually put an end to terrorism by educating the young generation? Teaching them right from wrong? Showing them that love is and always will be the strongest thing in the world? Well, I hope so.

My plea to the world –

While healing from this terrible attack, let us not point fingers at one another. Let this not be something which will divide us further. That is exactly what they want. If we let that happen, they win. Do you want them to win? You don’t. So don’t let them.

Please. Please let this be something which bring us closer together. Please let this be something which will help us get all of our forces together to put an end to this. Let’s show them that they cannot divide us. Let’s honour the lives of every victim of every terror attack. Because love indeed is greater than hate. Please. Let’s not let them win.

Open your hearts to people who’ve lost someone through an act of terror. Show them love. Their minds are at a very unstable state. They might tend to be vengeful. Show them, teach them, tell them that won’t get them anywhere. Tell them that isn’t what their lost loved ones would want from them.

Open your doors to the children of the world. They are what will save this world or, if it’s already saved, prevent it from starting all over again. Adopt an orphan from a foster home if you can give them more love than what they get from there. Save a child refugee from the distress they are in.

Come on people. I know we’ve got what it takes to end this. So let’s get started.

Love changes everything.. So fill the world with love, and let love do it’s thing..

With Love. ❤️

Go Green – Plastic is Obscene

Plastic pollution is nothing new. It’s been taking place for over decades and we have almost done nothing to prevent it. While it may be too late now, since all our oceans and lands are basically plastic landfills, it is indeed better late than never.

There are two things which need to be done,

  1. Prevent further accumulation of plastics and polythene
  2. Waste management

Let’s keep the ‘waste management’ part for the government officials and plastic recycling factories to handle for now. It’s always best to do what you can do about a particular problem, than worry about how little you are doing and thinking about what more you can do rather than just doing what you can.

So what can we do? Oh my! If only you knew all the things we could be doing. You probably do know all the things we could be doing, but in case you don’t now you have no excuse.

  1. Say NO to Plastics

This includes any type of plastic, varying all the way from plastic bags to plastic play sets. This is the first and foremost step we must take to prevent more and more plastics being added to the environment.

Ways to say NO to plastics –

  • Give up gum.
  • Buy boxes, not bottles.
  • Reuse glass containers.
  • Take your own container.
  • Use matches, instead of lighters.
  • Skip the frozen food section.
  • Use cloth diapers.
  • Don’t buy juice, make your own.
  • Buy soap instead of shower gel.
  • Avoid synthetic clothing.
  • Don’t use plastic-ware.

 

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Remember – Straws are also plastic. Do you really need to sip your drink through a plastic straw?

2. Reuse, Reuse and Reuse –

This could possibly not be emphasized enough. REUSE THEM! Reuse all of them if you can. The more the better. Be creative. Creativity never goes out of style. N.E.V.E.R.!!

I challenge you, take out the used plastics in your house, be creative with it, do something not included in the pictures below, snap a picture of it, and upload it in the comment section. I’ll make sure to include them in a new blog called “Reuse, reuse and reuse – Creative ideas by anti-plastic advocates”. Challenge accepted?

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3. Use Reusable or Recyclable Plastics – 

Sometimes due to affordability issues, and since plastic is very cheap, people may find it difficult to use substitutes to plastic. In that case, make sure you get reusable or recyclable plastic products and make sure to collect and give them to recycling industries once you are done with it. Here’s a chart to help you with what’s recyclable and what’s not.

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4. Substitute plastics with less (or no) environmental hazards –

This needs no explanation. Try to substitute as much plastic as possible with non plastic products. Here’s a chart to help you get started. If you have more ideas on how to substitute plastics, please comment below.

Common Plastics Used: Alternatives to Plastic:
Art supplies Consider homemade play dough, paint, etc (to store in glass or metal); choose items such as colored pencils and charcoal or pastels that come in cardboard boxes instead of plastic containers
Baby bottle Glass or stainless steel, and silicone nipples
Bags, food storage (i.e. Ziplock) Glass or stainless steel containers
Bags, shopping Canvas or reusable shopping bags (homemade or bought)
Beverage container, store-bought Drink water instead; Homemade beverages stored in glass carafes; buy milk in glass containers or from a local farm
Brush, scrub or bottle Tampico fiber or Horsehair brushes
Brush, toilet Pig-hair wooden toilet brush
Calculator Bamboo calculator
Carpet (much of it is plastic-based) Natural wool carpet, real wood floors, sealed concrete
Computer keyboard Bamboo keyboard
Cooking utensils (spatulas, spoons, etc) Invest in wood (naturally antibacterial!), stainless steel or silicone when necessary
Cups, drinking Glass or stainless steel for toddlers
Dishwashing soap Skip the store-bought and make your own homemade dishwashing detergent to store in a glass jar or stainless steel container.
Dustpan Sweep out the door or use a stainless steel dustpan
Food storage Glass and/or stainless steel containers
Hard hat V-Gard GREEN Helmet (non-petroleum “plastic”, made from sugarcane)
Ice cube tray Stainless steel is best; also silicone, or natural rubber (if you’re using an automatic ice cube maker, you’re out of luck)
Lighters Look for a metal lighter, such as a Zippo
Lint roller Wooden and natural rubber lint brush
Lunchbox Fabric lunch bags or stainless steel
Media cases (CDs, DVDs, etc) Purchase digital through iTunes or Amazon, or watch online through Amazon Instant Video or Netflix
Microwave cover Ditch the microwave, or just clean up the few splatters to save yourself from the plastic off-gassing
Office supplies Check out paper tape (skip the dispenser); Many pens come with metal shells; you can often find all-metal scissors at craft stores (check the sewing department); choose moldable or square erasers (as well as single pens) from bins instead of in plastic packaging; look for metal thumb tacks, etc.
Popsicle mold Stainless steel and silicone molds
Razors, disposable All-metal razors and blades (non-disposable)
Rugs (much is synthetic polyester or recycled plastic) Natural wool, help, jute, or cotton; choose a silicone non-slip pad underneath
Seasoning containers Choose seasonings that come in glass with a metal lid, recycle the plastic topper inside, and consider growing and drying your own in the future
Shower curtain Choose cloth, bamboo, or hemp instead
Skin care containers Use coconut oilessential oilshomemade sunscreen, and other homemade skin care options.
Straws Glass or stainless steel; be sure your order includes a free straw brush for easy cleaning
Toothbrush Plastic-free wooden toothbrushes
Toothpaste Make your own homemade toothpaste and store in a glass or stainless steel jar.
Toys, misc Replace with wooden, cotton, hemp, porcelain, metal, and other natural materials (tip: search “Waldorf” or “natural toy ______” to find specific alternatives
Trash bags First be sure to precyclecompost, and recycle. With the small amount left, try going without a bag, using paper bags, or compostable bags (such as BioBags).
Utensils (especially when eating out) Choose bamboo carry-out utensils and keep them in your vehicle
Water bottle, drinking size Stainless steel, or glass with silicone or padded case to prevent breaking (these usually only come with plastic lids; if you find a quality bottle without any plastic at all please let us know!)
Water bottle, 5 gallon 5 gallon glass carboy
Water filter, refrigerator Instead of the fridge filter, use a stainless and charcoal filter, such as Berkey filters
Yoga mat Bamboo, hemp, jute, or natural rubber mat

5. Share the message as much as you can – 

Re-blog. Re-blog. Re-blog. Or write your own blog. Share this with your friends and family. Start small, spread the word. Make slogans or use the slogans below, print them out and hang them around your house, school and workplace. Remind yourself and remind everyone around you what they should be doing to save the world.

Want another challenge? Come up with some new slogans and share them in the comment section below. Want to take it a step further? Print them, snap a picture and share it below. Want it to take it an extra step further? Follow the slogans and fit them into your lifestyle. Good luck!

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So get up and get to work. Let’s save the world. Just a message from a concerned person. Go Green – Plastic Is Obscene.

With Love.

 

Disclaimer – The pictures and videos used in this post weren’t created by me. I just did the job of putting them all together.

Topic Credits – My best friend. She inspired me to write this. 🙂

 

Prologue

Have you ever wondered if there was anything more you could do with your life? Like you know, for example, change the world? Put an end to poverty, put an end to child labor, put an end to world hunger, put an end to all the violence around you, put an end to global warming.. The list would go on and on, because why? Our world has a million problems which needs solutions. Our world needs fixing. And who may be out there to fix this broken world? You. Me. All of us.

I am the kind of person who gets inspired easily. I love getting inspired. I like that feeling of goodness entering me. I always tend to think, why can’t I do that? Why can’t I inspire people? Why can’t I help change the world? And you know what I thought? Why is the beginning of each of those questions “Why can’t I” ? Instead, how about I change it to “How can I” ? So when I thought about it for longer, I realized I need to reach out to the world. I wanted to connect with people who are just like me. I wanted to share my thoughts, know what others think about it, make the thought even better with the help of people around the world, provide a platform for others to share their thoughts (this part I’ll be working on with time since I’m new to blogging), and so on. What is the best way to do that? The internet. Things tend to go viral in the internet all the time. But what’s the point in having it all figured out but not putting it into action? So here I am, in my attempt to change the world, one step at a time.

With Love.