We Are the World Blogfest #WATWB

It’s the last Friday of the month–time again for some good news to take you into February with a smile.

The story I’ve chosen for this month is about a town in Guatemala that has outlawed single-use plastics. The residents, with the help of the local government, were able to adjust to more sustainable alternatives with relative ease. We can all take some lessons from this story!

Click here to read the story.

Here’s how #WATWB works: On the last Friday of each month a number of bloggers participate in a blog hop in which each blogger highlights a story that spreads good news, happiness, and hope.

These are the cohosts for this month: Inderpreet Uppal, Shilpa Garg, Sylvia SteinSimon Falk, and Damyanti Biswas.


Want to join? Click this link to sign up and help spread some happiness!

17 thoughts on “We Are the World Blogfest #WATWB”

  1. I wish Oahu would adopt such measures! We’re awash in plastic, but at least plastic bags are no longer available for free in grocery stores, so there’s hope that Hawaii will adopt more sustainable alternatives, like this small town in Guatemala is doing. They’re a fine example to the world! Thanks for sharing this uplifting story, Amy!


    1. I’m thrilled that Hawaii has banned free plastic bags. There are few things sadder than going for a walk and seeing a plastic bag stuck in a tree’s limbs. Or, worse, a honu being strangled by the handle of a plastic bag. Fingers crossed that more places adopt policies like this Guatemalan town.


  2. What a wonderful story, Amy! When I see how much plastic is in our oceans and on our beaches, a sickening lump hits me full in the stomach. I’m glad to see someone is doing something about it. Every government should take action to alleviate the waste from plastics.


    1. I agree! We have a community clean-up every fall in our county (I’m sure lots of places have something similar) and I’m amazed at some of the trash that ends up on the roads and on beaches and dunes. It’s enough to make me sick. A while back we had a scare at the local beaches when used hypodermic needles from the northern part of the state were washing up. They were eventually determined to have come from a dentist’s office, and I know that dentist was punished for it.

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      1. As he/she should have been! I know parents have to be careful when taking their children to parks all over the country for the same reason, except they are most likely left behind by addicts.


  3. Plastic menace is on the rise and we must truly adopt more sustainable alternatives. It’s so wonderful that this small town in Guatemala is doing their bit reducing the plastic pollution. Thanks for sharing this positive story, Amy!


    1. My pleasure, Shilpa. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Single-use plastics are ending up in the ocean, in the fresh waterways–everywhere. I hate to think that we’ll leave this planet far worse off than how we found it.


    1. I agree, Allan. I bought my family a set of stainless steel straws for Christmas and we love them. I hope to see a wave of people bringing their own straws with them to restaurants, etc. Thanks for stopping by.


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