Reducing plastic pollution
Every year at least 8 MILLION TONS of plastic waste end 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.
The images below were taken January 2018 on the beaches in Marina del Rey and Venice and along Ballona Creek.
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 in the Malibu City council as well as through advocacy groups all along the Westside communities of Los Angeles County ... and beyond.
∇ Shark Allies is supporting the efforts through advocacy, consultation, media and social media support.
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.
∇ Post, share, lead by example #StrawFreeSantaMonicaBay #DontSuck
∇ 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.
∇ Print out the attached summary & facts sheet - this will help you to explain the issue
∇ Follow the campaigns on social media - share, like and comment. Help spread the word. More announcements coming soon.
∇ Not everyone has time and energy to dedicate towards a cause. You can help us empower these campaigns by donating or coming up with creative ideas for fundraisers.
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