According to 4Ocean, the equivalent of one garbage truck full of plastic is dumped into our ocean daily. Whats worse is how that adds up... 1.4 billion (and increasing) pounds of trash makes it to our ocean in a year.
I want to spread awareness but also give easy changes we as caretakers of this Earth can make in order to help save our environment
1- Skip the Straws
Although straws are not the biggest trash waste in the ocean it is an unnecessary item that we can easily go with out. Tip: Skip the straw and lid! Or, bring a reusable bottle to replace plastic all together. This leads me to change number 2
2- Use Reusable Bottles
By using reusable bottles you will skip on the plastic all together and many cafes and restaurants offer discounts for those who remember theirs!
3- Air Dry Your Hands
According to BetterPlanetPaper.com 17 trees are cut down and 20,000 gallons of water are polluted to make just ONE TON of paper towels. 13 billion pounds (6,500,000 TONS) of paper towels are used each year in the U.S. alone. Thats nuts and completely unnecessary people!
4- Switch to Reusable Grocery Bags
Many clothing stores give reusable bags for free with purchase from their stores! Save them and use them for groceries. You can also make your own reusable bags with an old T-shirt! We will be doing a tutorial on how to make reusable grocery bags out of old T-shirts for our next blog!
5- Turn off Lights and Running Water
Remember to turn off your lights when you are not in the room or leave the house. Unplug cords and phones when they are not being used or are fully charged. Lastly, remember to turn off your running water when brushing your teeth!
"Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth can save 8 gallons of water per day and, while shaving, can save 10 gallons of water per shave. Assuming you brush your teeth twice daily [or] shave 5 times per week, you could save nearly 5,700 gallons per year" - EPA.GOV
WHERE DOES ALL THE TRASH GO?
Just because you do not see 5.25 trillion pieces of trash on our streets, in parks, or floating in our rivers and oceans does not mean it does not exist. So, where does it all go? According to 40cean one of the main places the trash gathers is in The North Pacific Ocean Gyre otherwise known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Much of the plastics found here are microplastics which are especially dangerous because many fish eat and/or breath in the plastics through their gills. Then, these fish are caught and sold at our local grocery stores and we end up eating the plastic by eating the fish! Nasty!
Learn more about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (created by NOAA) below: