Nelson Mandela once said: "Any society which does not care for its children is no nation at all." I think the same is true about the environment. What kind of society are we, if we don't take care of our planet, our home? For too long, we have pushed it to the edge, in the name of "progress". We can't go on like this.

I am trying to become a responsible consumer. In the last year, I have stopped using single-use plastics and encourage my family to do the same. Straws, bottles, shopping bags; they are pointless and there is no need for them. I now use a refillable water bottle and a reusable shopping bag. Because I live in the city and lead a busy life, I often order groceries and other items online. I always ask of online businesses to cut down on packaging and group deliveries to reduce their footprint. I hope my actions and those of many others will contribute to making single use plastics socially unacceptable in the very near future.