On a beautiful late summer afternoon, 10 years ago, in a bustling, polluted city, a mother named Mia lives with three kids.
Mia scans price tags addictively because she fears overspending.
Until one fateful day, she returned back to her small house and saw an ambulance rushing her ill children into the ambulance truck. Doctors scan their bodies and find something poisonous in their gut.
How did the three children go from being playful to being unconscious?
Mia’s neighbor is aware that Mia played a role in this.
But why would a mother poison her own three kids?
Mia's consistent purchases in single-use plastics contributes to her kids' demise. Each time she purchases and discards single-use plastics, it gets dumped into the luminous waters, trapping sea creatures. They often mistake plastic for food, leading to ingestion and starvation.
As a result, tiny plastic particles infiltrate the water supply and even make their way into her kids' food.
Tons of plastic get dumped in the oceans every year, and plastic takes a very long time to disintegrate. People have faced plastic illnesses issues since the middle of the 20th century and these illnesses are growing at an alarming rate.
Mia finds it extremely uncomfortable to witness the suffering of her children. She was called by a doctor because they have news about her kids...
She sat in the hospital waiting room. A group of doctors walks around in circles, hesitant to break the news...
Until one decides to speak up:
Concerning her three kids, two made a steady recovery...
But unfortunately, one didn't make it.
After hearing this, Mia felt too weak to stand. The security had to help her stand and walk.
She doesn't want her family or friends to experience this problem again.
She wants to make a change but she's afraid to spend extra money on sustainable goods.
Surprisingly, the neighbor I mentioned earlier is an environmental enthusiast.
He explains to Mia that the up-front cost of environmentally friendly alternatives is an investment in a future free from the constraints of plastic pollution.
That sudden mind-shift helped Mia slowly shift to using reusable goods rather than single-use. She only purchases items that come in less plastic wrapping.
Mia’s devotion inspires half of her neighborhood, and they begin to upcycle.
Even though dealing with plastic trash is still a big problem, Mia figures out that trying to save money shouldn't hurt our Earth or ourselves.
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