Did You Know

National Geographic and the photographer Waterframe Alamy

National Geographic and the photographer Waterframe Alamy

In January of 2015, staff writer for National Geographic , Laura Parker, stated that there is 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. And that plastic accounts for 90% of all trash in the ocean. 

According to lifewithoutplastic.com around 700 marine species are threatened with extinction due to plastic ingestion and entanglement. 

What's even crazier, the world only recycles 10% of all plastic waste!!! This has got to change. It crushes me when I take walks on the beach and come across mounds of plastic trash and debris. Many times the bags I pick up have bite marks on them, showing me, that some animal or mammal, has tried to consume it. 

There are many things we can do in our daily routine to reduce the amount of single use plastic items we use. 

For example, get re-usable shopping bags! Americans dispose of over 100 million plastic bags a year, and it could take a few hundred years to biodegrade!  

Another great green example is to bring your own reusable water bottle.
Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. And since the plastic bottles are made from oil/petroleum, that is enough oil to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. What? the What? 

Another plastic culprit that wrecks havoc on the ocean is straws and plastic cutlery. How many times have you gone out to eat, asked for a glass of water, and the server automatically brings a glass with a straw in it. You drink it during your meal and then head home. That straw goes in the trash. Instead just tell your server "hey I don't need a straw, I'm trying to cut back on my plastic" According to thelastplasticestraw.com the U.S uses 500 million straws a day!!! A DAY!! That is enough waste to fill Yankee stadium over 9 times in one year. 

These are just a few suggestions to help reduce the use of your plastic. Can you imagine how beautiful our oceans and beaches would look if everyone changed their routine just a little bit? 
Below I've included a little flyer that fits perfectly on all social media outlets. Post to your wall, share it with others, even apply some of these examples in your personal life and sea {pun intended} the ocean change for the better :)