These are the Top Ten single use items collected, on one day, each fall, when volunteers around the world participate in the Ocean Conservancy’s Annual International Coastal Cleanup Day. The next one is Saturday, September 16.
According to the Ocean Conservancy, 275 metric tons of single use plastic waste becomes 100 metric tons of single use plastic waste on our coastlines and 8 metric tons of that single use plastic waste enters our oceans. With 2 billion people living within 30 miles of our coastlines; we let 1 in 30 single use plastic items enter our world’s oceans.
When you stand in front of that “convenience” store refrigerator, before you reach for that beverage, take a moment to think about what you are actually looking at.
Try one day without buying any single use plastic. Ask for your deli sandwich to be wrapped in paper and leave the plastic clamshell for the deli to deal with. They bought it. Choose a glass or aluminum container for your beverage or better yet, bring a reusable one with you. If you do find yourself making bad choices or if you are not faster than that lightning-fast deli server, bring all of the trash home with you. Take responsibility for it. You bought it.
Observe the kind of waste you create, and think how you can change to reduce it.
Challenge yourself to reduce your waste each day. Its really fun! And you won’t believe how good it feels!
Follow and support the growing number of responsible institutions, states and governments who just stopped being crazy.
Until next time,