As someone who often dives in waters where plastic pollution is rampant, the Trshbg makes a huge difference to my overall diving experience. I dive with an open-harness, minimalistic travel-style BCD, which has no pockets at all, and I constantly struggle to find a place to put trash when I find it. If I’m teaching a diving course, then having my hands free is very important, and holding things isn’t an option, the same is true if I’m conducting a survey and need to be holding scientific tools. Often if I’m teaching or doing research, much of the waste I see I have to leave behind, but wearing a Trshbg on my dives could change that.
The question that’s been going around my head since the trip is: can the act of strapping on a Trshbg change a person’s habits? Are divers and surfers more likely to pick up trash if they have a specific place to put it?
I believe the answer is yes, that our human brains are efficient, and like to form habits, freeing up mental resources for other tasks. If we do something frequently enough, it becomes automatic, like putting on a seatbelt as soon as you get into the car. Picking up trash can too become a habit, and the key to altering the behavior of the world’s ocean visitors could lie in making the Trshbg a staple for every diver and surfer, in every dive shop, on every coast, in every country. Something as vital to your dive gear as your regulator or LPI, so you begin to use it without even thinking.
Picking up trash could become second nature to us. If we consider the difference this could make if practiced by the 6 million active divers, the 20 million snorkelers and the 35 million surfers in the world today, the possibilities are endless, and the impacts of using Trshbg could be extraordinary.