Plastic Pollution

 

Our Oceans are filled with plastic

“Modern technology owes ecology an apology.  Alan M. Eddison”

 

 ∇ Every year at least 8 MILLION TONS of plastic waste ends up in the ocean. This is a massive problem that all of us contribute to by using and trashing disposable plastic every day. Most of them are items we could simply do without. 

   Americans alone use 500 million drinking straws PER DAY! Not only are they dangerous for the environment, they also contain BPA, a chemical that mimics the activity of hormones.

 ∇ In the last 10 years we have produced more plastic than the entire last century. Today we annually produce 300 million tons of plastic, half of which is for single use. 

 ∇ 40 million pounds of accumulated plastic is floating in the North Pacific Ocean alone. At this rate of production and use, plastic pollution will outweigh fish pound for pound by 2050.

 ∇ Plastic straws are on of the top 10 trash items found on the beach during beach clean ups. They harm wildlife and organisms on the beaches and in the ocean.

 ∇ Plastic doesn’t bio-degrade - it breaks down into tiny, toxic pieces that float around a while and eventually sink to the bottom, where they continue to pollute for hundreds of years

 ∇ Plastic straws can be mistaken as food by marine life and kill the animals if they ingest it. At least 2/3 of the world’s fish stocks are suffering from plastic ingestion.

Don't assume that this is only a 3rd World problem!

The images below were taken in Los Angeles - this is what the rivers and beaches look like after a  rainstorm. This trash originates deep inside the city where it flushes through the gutters and into the river, which then takes the garbage to the ocean.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

∇ Drastically reduce your use of plastic straws, swizzle sticks, plastic utensils, bottles and shopping bags. When out and about, ask to get your drinks without straws and avoid buying products that come in plastic bottles. Encourage businesses that you frequent to serve straws "by demand only" and using alternative products made from sustainable materials ONLY. Start by changing your own habits and then inspire your friends to follow.

∇  Follow the campaigns on social media - share, like and comment. Help spread the word.

 ∇ There are currently proposals for bans or ordinances in progress or being developed all along the Westside communities of Los Angeles County ... and beyond.

 

    More Information about plastics pollution:

    Guardian Sustainable Business - Ditch Plastic Straws

    The benefits of stainless steel straws

    Plastics Pollution Coalition

    UK "Latte levy" - 25p to cut coffee cup waste

    Restricting use of plastic straws the latest trend to clean up beaches, ocean

    Polystyrene ordinance - Manhattan Beach

     
     
    Stefanie Brendl