Turning my camera lens on the various trash piles in Dahab was very difficult for me. I prefer to point my lens at the natural beauty in the world. But I came to realize that perhaps too many of us walk or bike around town ignoring the growing piles of rubbish. We get used to it, we turn our heads the other way because we think there is nothing we can do, we choose to focus on the good things in our town instead. Understandable.
But then I read about Green11, a company based in California that offers personal care and cleaning products in bulk, in refillable containers. Here’s what got my attention:
The co-owners of Green11 “had witnessed the environmental effects of plastic packaging firsthand while scuba diving in Egypt for seven weeks. On some of the most remote beaches on the planet, they saw plastic everywhere they looked…” (Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too)
So I got to thinking that if this couple can find inspiration in our trash, perhaps we can, too. Perhaps if we look at these images and pay attention to the rubbish we pass on the streets, we can find the motivation we need to make changes in our lives, to decide to live with less plastic.
And while much of the waste is produced by us local residents, it is not all our trash. Dahab must also deal with the enormous amount of waste left behind by tourists. There are also reports of the passing container ships dumping their trash into the Gulf of Aqaba which then finds its way to our shore.
The rubbish problem can seem overwhelming, but that is no reason to ignore it. Let’s all take a closer look at our surroundings and, like the owners of Green11, make a decision to do something about it, at least on a personal level. Let’s all be role models for our children, the visiting tourists, and local businesses.
“If not us, then who? If not now, then when?”
Refuse ~ Reduce ~ Reuse ~ Recycle