Social media can be truly a wonderful thing, particularly as we need to come together as a species to clean up / re-educate ourselves against our wasteful disposable lifestyle and rethink how we use plastic - a fantastic but extremely DURABLE material, which was never meant to be considered disposable.
We came across Stella Cervello's efforts for sustainable living on Paros island through her Instagram. The picture of little plastic pieces on the pristine Santa Maria Beach (our personal favourite of Paros) captured our attention. Her next picture showed how she went to visit the local landfill during the summer and was not allowed access. She took pictures of the surrounding landscape showing all the bushes strewn with plastic bags and plastic garbage (on an island where the north wind blows, an open air landfill is difficult to contain, and plastic inevitably ends up in the sea, even if it was initially collected by garbage collectors).
We got in touch to find out more about her efforts. Stella has set up an online community on Facebook to share information on sustainable living. Through her website www.liveplasticfreenow.org Stella has started to campaign local bars and restaurants in Paros to stop using single use plastic (cups, straws, etc). She hopes now, with the tourist season over, she can make progress with this effort.
She highly recommended the following books for us to read and learn more about the garbage we produce and how we can reduce it: Garbology by Edward Humes and Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson. Click on the book cover images to be taken to Amazon to purchase. She also recommends the blogger Lindsay Miles for great advice on zero-waste lifestyle:www.treadingmyownpath.com.