Love Locks. Most of you know what they are and many of you have placed a love lock as part of a tribute or ceremony or vigil, wedding or engagement or as a symbol of friendship and enduring love.
Sounds great, but love locks, in fact, are adding unnecessary pollution to the environment and causing the excess use of fossil fuels, plastics, solvents, chemicals and heavy metals that are getting into our water supply and into the food chain.
Love locks have become a social-media staple with lovers and romantics around the world taking selfies and group photos of themselves and their lovers in front of a wall of hanging locks made of metal and plastic, colored and scratched, rusting and decrepit looking destroying the historical charm and peace of many neighborhoods, bridges and renowned tourist spots.
Dumping bags of take-away foods, dropping cigarette butts on floors, leaving dog stool on the pavement, throwing bottles to the ground in parks, smashing windows, and urinating in public are not tolerated yet somehow people have become so engulfed in the herd mentality and have forgone all responsibility and feel it is their right to impost their vandalism and refuse on those around them.
Given the attention being focused on helping combat Climate Change, it is time that people take responsibility and to make changes to their own consumer based lifestyles and refuse to follow trends that encourage consumption and the senseless use of resources.
It’s not cute and it’s not about love. It’s marketing and used to toy with your emotions and feed an agenda. Conforming to a trend that damages the planet is foolish at best and dangerous at worst.
The oceans are swirling with plastic particles, the forests are being clear cut, fossil fuels are being pumped out of the ground and fracking is being used to find more oil to keep manufacturing useless products like love locks that end up in the garbage or landfills.
If you love someone why would you celebrate them with an anonymous piece of manufactured trash? Does buying a cheap lock that’s made in China and throwing the key into the water represent more than what it really is: polluting the environment and wasting the earths resources. Look at our statistics to see the real cost of your love locks.