JJ changed my life and view on things in many different ways.
“Oh, we can’t change anything about it anyway. How can we not use plastic anymore ?” It’s the same as wanting to live healthy and then still shoving that big cup of The Alley Tra sua duong den into your belly. I’m not going to be a preacher here. I’m not going to tell you to stop using single-use plastic. I just urge you, to be more aware. To avoid it, if you can. And no, this is not me doing PR for Helly Tong’s LaiDay Refill Station, but me sharing my real opinion on things. I know what people say. But what people say doesn’t matter. What matters is this one girl, taking action, and trying to change things. SHE matters. She is fucking trying to save this planet. To change things. To make our country a better place. For our sake. But she can’t do that by herself. Without other people’s support.
If you’ve been to Phu Quoc and there was no plastic, it’s because somebody cleaned the beach that morning. Because when I went, and it was stormy, it was impossible to keep the plastic from coming ashore. All kind of instant noodle packaging, straws, plastic bags. Everybody knows it’s really hard to recycle plastic. A lot of the plastic thrown into nature will take dozens and hundreds of years to decompose. And it’s just going to get more and more.
I mean I didn’t really care until I had JJ. The future didn’t matter so much. I was drunk every night, how could I. I was too busy caring about myself, and how to get my life on track, and my own cause of empowerment. Nature wasn’t too much of a deal to me. Plastic wasn’t much of a deal. But now I have a baby. And I have the opportunity to raise that baby to be a responsible citizen of this world. And in order to do so, I have to lead by example somehow.
Helly’s Ambitions with her efforts and LaiDay Refill station inspire me to do better. Besides educating the public, at Laiday you can purchase more sustainable products, and reduce your own plastic usage by refilling household products such as shampoo, shower geld, laundry detergent, dishwashing soap, etc. Lai Day is a great concept store and a mile stone for Vietnam’s sustainability movement. It shouldn’t be just a hype or something people condemn as hypocritical. Because it’s people, such as Helly Tong, and their ambitions that change the world we live in, for the better of all of us.