One Piece a Day | A way to change the world

One Piece a Day is a very easy initiative and contains of just three moral rules.

  1. I join for life
  2. I only throw away rubbish in a bin
  3. Every day I pick up at least one piece of rubbish that’s not my own

Part of the solution

We realise the One Piece a Day isn’t the solution to world wide problem of rubbish ending up in the environment. Still if you think about it. What if you make sure your own rubbish never ends up in the environment again? And what if you pick up at least one piece of rubbish every day for the rest of your life?

Having made that commitment to myself a couple of years ago I have already picked up hundreds of garbage bags full of rubbish that were already in the environment, on our beaches, or in the ocean. Just do the maths here for a second. Let’s say that a garbage bag contains 100 items on average. A city like Amsterdam has about 850.000 inhabitants. 800.000 of those should be able to do One Piece a Day, which means every day 8000 garbage bags of rubbish can get picked up. With an average of 7.5 kg per bag that’s 60.000 kilograms of rubbish EACH DAY! Almost 22.000 TON every year. And that’s just one city.

Take Action and Share the message

Quite often we see a video like the one below. And it makes me so angry for a couple of reasons. First of all, it makes me mad that these things happen because of us, mankind. But what also really gets to me is that I see a video like this blow up on social media. Millions of views, thousands of likes shares, and comments. Yet, when I am on the beach there’s hardly anyone who takes the effort to pick up even one item of rubbish that is not their own. Yes, there are those of us who do their One Piece a Day. And many of us are already aware of their environmental footprint. We need to take action though. I know it’s just the way it is and on a global level we, as individuals, can’t really change things. But to be honest I just don’t agree.

 

We could do so much more than just like, share and comment on these videos and it’s almost just as easy. You don’t have to be part of an organized full day beach clean up. Of course these are great and should always continue. Still it’s so much easier to do your One Piece a Day. Small efforts combined really can make a big difference. What if all those tens of thousands of likes and shares start picking up trash…

One Piece a Day

One Piece a Day is a very easy initiative and contains of just three moral rules.

  1. I join for life
  2. I only throw away rubbish in a bin
  3. Every day I pick up at least one piece of rubbish that’s not my own

one piece a day

Martijn Ronday

Surfer - Entrepreneur - Digital Nomad - Social Media Expert - People Person - Adventurer - Boyfriend

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