November 27, 2012
Buy Glass, Not Plastic
The amount of plastic accumulating in the ocean gyres is growing. The Great Pacific Garbage patch has been described as a floating island of plastic trash, trapped by the currents of the gyre. But it’s not that discrete. The plastic waste breaks down into tiny pieces but never decomposes completely. Instead, it mingles with the ecosystem so much that fish, birds, and mammals mistake it for food. They ingest it or feed it to their young. If the plastic particle doesn’t harm them, then the toxic chemicals that are in the plastic will. Too much has been shown that verifies there is a negative impact on the wildlife in the ocean due to plastic trash accumulation, for us not to take action.
We currently recover only 5% of the plastics we produce. What happens to the rest of it? Roughly 50% is buried in landfills, some is remade into durable goods, and much of it remains “unaccounted for,” lost in the environment where it ultimately washes out to sea. —5gyres.org
We are simultaneously proposing a challenge and accepting the challenge to reduce the amount of single-use plastics that I consume. Its commonplace to take re-usable shopping bags to the store, but we can up the ante by also taking re-usable produce bags. Or, try taking glass jars to the bulk food section and your personal mug to the cafe to avoid more single-use plastic trash.
We love breakfast smoothies, but what about that plastic straw? We searched the web for the best alternative to disposable plastic straws and found Strawesome, a company that makes beautiful and practical glass drinking straws. Teresa wrote to them because we think they are fantastic! Strawesome loves what we are doing with our film One Simple Question, so they have signed on as a sponsor.
The money will go directly to expenses related to editing, interviewing scientists, and motion graphic design. The best part is, they make fantastic holiday gifts for adults and children. So, use the link to buy a great holiday gift for yourself or a friend and help support the ocean and One Simple Question.
Join my (sailingsimplicity) Facebook community and post a photo of yourself that depicts one way you reduce the amount of single-use plastics in your daily life. Share it on my Facebook wall so we can all learn some great new ideas. Be sure and caption it with your great idea. Each entry will be placed in a hat and a winner will be randomly selected on Monday the 26th. Be sure and share this post with your friends.
The winner will receive a beautiful straw to keep for themselves, and one to give away to a friend.
Be sure to tell them about single-use plastics and to check out 5gyres.com to learn about plastification of our oceans