Help Save Our Planet
Our actions have an impact. Every straw we use, every to-go drink we buy will have an impact. We need to reduce the amount of plastic we use, before its too late. I’ve listed some easy tricks, and some informing facts to show us just how much damage plastic is making.
Everyday, humans use more than 500 million straws. Thats 8 million tons of plastic in the ocean a year, and an entire garbage truck full of plastic emptying every minute. A few years ago, rumors of a plastic island in the ocean more than three times the size of Texas started circulating. But this rumor isn't true -- there is enough plastic in the ocean to make a trash pile of that size, but it isn't as easy to clean up. The currents take the trash to all different depths and areas of the sea.
Animals like turtles can't tell the difference between a jellyfish and a plastic bag, like us. They can choke on this, or, if they manage to swallow it, use up valuable space in their stomach with something they will never be able to digest.
But how does this effect you, right now?
Plastic can absorb and spread toxic chemicals, such as endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disrupters can cause obesity, infertility, and cancer. Tiny pieces of plastic debris, or micro plastic, can be toxic because of these chemicals. When fish eat other organisms that have micro plastic, the toxins work their way up the food chain, and into us when we eat sushi. Research found that micro plastic had found its way into 33% of shellfish, 25% of fish, and 83% of drinking water around the world.
So, what can you do to help?
- Bring your own reusable container for to-go or pick-up food
- Bring your own mug to a coffee shop
- Buy reusable straws (stainless steel, bamboo, paper)
- Bring your own grocery bag
- Use a bar of soap instead of a bottle or jar
- Bring a reusable water bottle.