The ocean gives us oxygen, water, food, medicine, energy and so much more. We all share the responsibility to protect what sustains us. Every year, an estimated 8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean. Once these pieces of debris are afloat, they gradually break down, but they never disappear, posing a threat to marine life of all kinds—and to humans as well.
Plastic is part of our everyday lives, but World Oceans Day is the perfect time to get creative and find ways to eliminate or reduce single-use plastics where we can. Here are some easy ideas:
- Start a plastic journal. Keeping track of all the plastic you use in your everyday life will make it easy to identify areas where you can make a change. Journaling your plastic intake for even just a day can provide crucial insights into how you can make a difference.
- Head to the grocery store prepared. Plastic shopping and produce bags are one of the biggest threats to our ocean—they’re hard to recycle, easily airborne and often mistaken for food by marine life because they resemble jellies. Stash a canvas or fabric tote in your car, backpack or purse so you’re prepared at check-out with an eco-friendly bagging option. You can also order reusable mesh produce bags.
- Rethink how you pack your lunch. Not only can you pack your salad, pasta or another entree in reusable glass or metal containers, many companies, like Stasher, now make reusable snack bags. Keep a fork, knife and spoon at your desk or in your bag and you’ll be good to go!
- Buy a reusable water bottle. The options are endless these days when it comes to reusable water bottles. Whether you prefer a glass bottle, metal canteen or reusable jug, every time you fill up, you’re helping keep plastic out of the ocean.
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