This winter holiday I had the privilege to visit a reindeer herder in Lapland. Whilst the lifestyle of the reindeer herder has become increasingly reliant upon visiting tourists, it was obvious that their interests remained with the health and wellbeing of the reindeer.
We fed the reindeer lichen from a plastic bucket, listened to the herder talk about their life and needs over a year. As I left the enclosure, entirely enraptured by these gentle and placid creatures, I noticed on the ground the herders plastic bucket.
Now, what would you do with a rip in the bucket, probably caused by a reindeer pulling at the food inside? Repair it of course!
But just how many of us would repair a plastic bucket? Would we know how to, and is the pressure of simply buying another too easy an option?
Reindeer are struggling in the Arctic because of a warming climate with less food sources available, while their terrain is being developed for industry, hampering their nomadic instincts to roam. These creatures cause no harm, and if small actions like repairing a plastic bucket mean one less bit of rubbish in the sea, then we can all find a way to do it too.
2019 is the year we need to all rethink our throw-away actions. I hope you will join in with this too.