Our Oceans are in peril and they need our help. This July, millions of people worldwide are joining the Global Movement to go Plastic-Free. The goal: to raise awareness of the detrimental effects of plastic in our oceans. We will not purchase or use any single-use plastic for one month. This is easier to do with the support of others, let’s make a difference together. See how we’re challenging ourselves here.
- Plastics Becomes Permanent Pollution – Plastics are essentially indestructible. They do not biodegrade, instead they break down into smaller and smaller pieces and become micro-plastics. The staying power of plastic is phenomenal, yet 33% of all plastics are used only once and thrown away.
- Plastic Contaminates Our Groundwater Supply – Americans discard 33 million tons of plastic annually. Little of our plastic waste is recycled, in fact it’s less than 9%. Most of the rest ends up in landfills. Plastic piles up beneath landfills and most will outlast humanity. It will slowly decompose and leak toxic chemicals into the soil and groundwater supply which flows into rivers and lakes, and eventually the ocean.
- Plastic Kills Marine Life – Plastic pollution causes the deaths of millions of marine animals such as turtles, seals and sea lions, sea birds, fish, dolphins, whales, and zooplankton. They become entangled in it, ingest it, and feed it to their young mistaken as a food source.
- Plastic Is In Our Food – Plastics leach toxic chemicals that are easily metabolized when ingested. Humans are exposed to micro-plastics (plastic fibers and particles under 5 mm) through consumption of seafood, water and air as plastics move up the food chain.
- Plastic = Oil – Plastic has a large carbon footprint. Creating it requires drilling for oil and fracking for natural gas. The process is destructive to the environment and energy intensive. It contributes heavily to climate change.
START YOUR PLASTIC FREE JOURNEY
- Carry a Reusable Water Bottle – This is an easy way to reduce your plastic consumption. Refillable water bottles are the way to go.
- Choose Biodegradable Alternatives – Microplastics are everywhere: in our toothpaste, our face wash, and detergents as microbeads. There are many biodegradable options, or you can make your own.
- Skip Straws – “No straw please”- that’s the mantra. Encourage friends and loved ones to do the same. There are many reusable options, from silicone to metal and bamboo.
- Shop in Bulk – This reduces the amount of packaging. Carry reusable cotton/hemp bags on shopping trips to avoid plastic bulk bags. Purchase detergents and shampoo in bulk.
- Just Say No – Say “no” to single-use plastics, carry your own instead. Bring your own cup, straw, plate and utensils.
- Bamboo is Boss – If you must use disposable, opt for bamboo. Bamboo dishes, cutlery, even toothbrushes. They are easily renewable and biodegradable.
- Mason Jar Lunches – Use mason jars or glass tupperware to pack your lunch. They won’t leach toxins into your food.
- Eat Fresh – Shop locally and eat fresh, whole foods. Refuse produce wrapped in plastic. Buy produce at farmers markets or produce stands if you can. If you must purchase food in packaging, opt for paper or glass.
- Buy Solid – Solid toothpaste, soap and deodorants are great alternatives to reduce plastic packaging.
- Have Fun – Yes, our plastic problem is dire, but lets have fun sharing and experimenting as we seek solutions. Positively encourage your friends and loved ones. We’re doing something good for mama earth.
Bonus: Participate in cleanups and share the experience.
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