We millennials are the product of a society in which nothing lasts. We want everything and we want it now and cheap. So of course the world has changed its ways to accommodate our desires. Everything is fast and easily replaceable. We are the ultimate recipients of fast fashion: we buy things to wear during one season because we know that they won’t last long and, if they do, they will already be outdated. And they are so cheap compared to real, good quality clothing that who cares, anyway? We are a generation of people that could not imagine themselves using cloth tissues. Hello! C-l-o-t-h napkins. Imagine blowing your nose and then having to carry that around until you get to do laundry! Ew. We go to the supermarket only to find peeled fruits covered in plastic. This one thing guys, this has been the last straw for me. Humanity, fruits have skin that protects them, they don’t need our plastic for that! But hey, we want that freaking avocado and we don’t want to waste time peeling it, do we?
I just can’t take it anymore. Every time I go to the supermarket, the only thing I see is layers and layers of plastic. Hundreds of thousands of one-use plastic bottles piled up; meat and produce packed up in thousands of teeny tiny packs to bring home with you and all the freaking packaging. Why do we have this lifestyle? Couldn’t we have our own containers to bring to the produce section and individually select what we want? Couldn’t we drink our drinks from glass bottles that one could return for money? It’s too much of a hassle. It’s too heavy. It’s too… “expensive”.
Well, you as a millennial should give more than a shit about this. Because honestly, I don’t care if people like Donald Trump deny climate change. 70-year-olds are not going to live long enough to see our world be fatally consumed by trash and plastic. It’s going to be us who will be governing tomorrow’s institutions. It’s going to be us dying from new, rare diseases the Earth is coming up with in order to end this “plague” that keeps destroying it. And it’s us who are going to see our loved ones die, too. That isn’t very aesthetic, is it? Not only will we have to live this and suffer with this, but it’s us who will have to find solutions.
This post is the first of a series on sustainability. I am interested in this topic and, if you read through all my rambling maybe you will understand that all millennials should be interested, too. So I will try to find different topics on how young people can get better at this and different ways in which we can be a bit more sustainable.
(Public domain picture, not mine)