Our playgrounds are in danger. Ocean plastic is clogging our seas and threatening the survival of our marine life. Our planet is getting hotter, ice is melting and oceans are rising from human's impact on our environment.
Did you know that:
- Every year around 1 TRILLION plastic bags are consumed around the world.
- Over one million seabirds are killed by ocean pollution each year.
The North Pacific Gyre off the coast of California is the largest oceanic garbage site in the entire world... and it's twice the size of Texas!
Our oceans absorb about a quarter of the carbon dioxide produced from the burning of fossil fuels each year. This means more acidic water which makes it harder for crustaceans to grow shells for survival.
- 8.8 million metric tons of plastic waste are dumped in the world's oceans each year.
Over 100,000 marine animals die every year from plastic entanglement and ingestion.
Every little bit of plastic matters. Here are 5 simple habits which you can get into which will dramatically reduce plastics polutions, after all every bag, straw and bottle makes a difference!
- Refuse plastic straws. Pick up your drink and drink from the cup! Or use a bamboo, glass or metal straw.
- Use a reusable produce bag. A single plastic bag can take 1,000 years to degrade. Purchase or make your own reusable produce bag.
- Give up gum. Gum is made of a synthetic rubber, aka plastic. Terrifying, right? We’ll have the sticky on this soon in an upcoming piece.
- Purchase food, like cereal, pasta, and rice from bulk bins and fill a reusable bag or container. You’ll also save money and unnecessary packaging, that’s a win/win!
- Bring your own container for take-out or your restaurant doggy-bag since many restaurants use styrofoam.