Plastic Pollution

Reducing plastic pollution

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

WHY? 

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. One of the most frivolous examples is plastic straws - Americans alone use 500 million drinking straws per day!

This is a problem that is staring us straight in the face.

WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT? 

 ∇ Drastically reduce the use of plastic straws, swizzle sticks, and other plastic utensils by encouraging businesses to serve straws "by demand only" and using alternative products made from sustainable materials ONLY. 

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

∇ Shark Allies is supporting the efforts through advocacy, consultation, media and collaboration with other organizations.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Participate and help raise awareness 

∇ First and foremost - don't use plastic straws in your home and refuse them wherever they are offered to you. Start by changing your own habits and inspire your friends - ask to get your drinks without straws.

∇ You can take action and help us by talking to your favorite restaurant, business or job site and see if they are willing to cut down on the use of plastic straws or use alternatives.

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

 

    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