Think you can’t make a HUGE difference for our planet all by your lonesome? Well, that’s silly. You can.
Here are a few things we can give the boot, and in turn change the fate of our earth, right this second! Go us.
1. PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS.
Take a moment to think about how many grocery bags one person uses in only one trip to the grocery store. Now multiply that by every individual that goes into the grocery store, all day, every day. That is a COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS amount of bags heading out the door, and the majority of them are used for less than 30 minutes; Only 30 minutes of use and an estimated 20 to 100 years to decompose.
What’s more, sea turtles often mistake plastic bags for delicious (mmm!) jellyfish and end up with a belly full of plastic. I don’t need to get into what happens to these sweet creatures when that happens.
Now think of the amount of grocery bags you could keep out of landfills and oceans if you were to bring your own reusable bags to the store for one year. What about the impact you could make if you not only brought your own bags to the grocery store, but also encouraged all of your friends and family to do the same? You know what you be? My hero, that’s what!
Plus, you’ll look awesome strutting around with these totes, don’t you think? (They’re available in our shop!)
Don’t even get me started. OK, I’m started. Microbeads are everywhere: In our face wash, our body scrubs, our toothpaste (yes, even your toothpaste)! Our wastewater systems weren’t designed for these tiny things. They end up in the fish we eat. It’s a problem.
“Plastic microbeads absorb persistent organic pollutants (long-lasting toxic chemicals like pesticides, flame retardants, motor oil and more) and other industrial chemicals that move up the food chain when the toxic-coated beads are consumed by fish and other marine organisms. A single microbead can be up to a million times more toxic than the water around it!”
Ya feel me?
One way we can do our oceans (and ourselves!) a favor is to choose not to buy these products. Look for “polyethylene” and “polypropylene” on the list of ingredients. See either of those? It’s time to put it back on the shelf. Dramatically.
Plus, fun project alert! It’s really easy to make your own scrubs at home, and you’re sure to impress your friends with your creativity.
3. SINGLE-USE CUPS.
Invest in a reusable cup. Right this second! I’m serious. Bring it everywhere with you. Like plastic shopping bags, one-time plastic and styrofoam cups are littered across our beaches. We use them for 30 minutes, toss them, and there they stay haunting our planet for 500 years (or longer). Just imagine what we could keep out of our oceans if everyone simply brought a reusable cup along with them to the coffee shop.
And look at all the pretty options you have to choose from!
Do you really need that straw? Does your life depend upon the use of such a thing? For those of you that love straws (I ADMIT IT, I’m guilty), you can purchase a reusable cup/straw combination. There are metal straws available too, which make you feel really high-tech and modern when you use them.
You can use those at home; When you’re out at a restaurant, you can kindly tell your waitress that you’ll be skipping the straw today, thanks, because you’re saving the world (obviously).
If you’ve seen the video of a sea turtle with a straw lodged in its nose, that’s reason enough to give straws the boot for the rest of time (warning, somewhat graphic!)
These are just a few ways that we can keep all of that trash from entering our waterways.
If you love our oceans, prove it by making an effort by banning the above products. You got this! This ocean will love you forever.
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