By fiifi DZANSI
In the past, water was sold in ice chests. Everyone drank water from the same cup. That, you’d say, was a terrible idea. Yes, health-wise, it was a disaster. It became a vehicle for spreading diseases.
Clearly, we needed change. We embraced the introduction of plastic bottles and sachets.
Over the years, though, this invention has caused so many problems for the Earth. Plastic ends up in landfills, choke our drainage and the majority settling in our water bodies, destabilizing aquatic life.
The plastic, once a hero, has become a villain.
We could revert to the old way of selling water without the packaging. Only that everyone could be encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles along to be served from a cooler. These water bottles are durable enough to last for years.
There’re two advantages to this.
- Water may become cheaper without the packaging.
- Plastic pollution would reduce.
This is a big shout. But we can start from somewhere.
For example, institutions need to provide each employee with a mug to drink with. No disposable cups should be allowed.
In our homes, we can discontinue serving our guests in disposable ware.
All of us need to play our part.