During my time in Nicaragua, I had quite the eye-opening experience. I lived right on the beach in small villages where everything is simple and beautiful. But, along the dirt roads, I couldn't help but notice all the trash on the ground. Seeing this extremely impacted me when I realized how much waste we produce as humans.
I was asked to minimize my waste by refusing, reducing, and reusing because the country doesn't have a proper waste management system. The streets in Nicaragua were filled with trash and I did not want to be a careless tourist contributing to this problem. I figured I would have a little competition with myself to see how little I could waste.
As Americans, we do not even think about the detrimental effects it has on the environment simply because we do not see the impact these countries experience. I decided that I was going to collect my regular plastic/recyclable consumption for the month of February just to see how much I accumulate as an individual. So far my living room is close to being a landfill. I knew I consumed a lot, but I had no idea I consumed this much! For being an environmentalist and practicing sustainability daily, I was shocked. After sharing my idea with my GIVE group at Florida Gulf Coast University, I decided to present this idea to anyone who wants to evoke positive change for the environment.