Awareness is a really great first step in answering the question posed in this title.
Feeling a little helpless?
Totally get that…
Let’s just layer in a few rather incredible facts about the growing ‘Garbage Patches’ in our planets oceans.
Awareness …The plastics we dump in our ocean waters may ultimately impact the very air we breathe…says a new study. Ten per cent of the oxygen we breathe comes from a certain bacteria that is only found in the ocean and it is susceptible to plastic pollutants.
Awareness..Chemicals leaching from plastic pollution interfere with the growth, photosynthesis and oxygen production of bacteria we need.
Awareness.. sea life are dying as a direct result of these ‘plastic patches’. What can you do about this?
What can you do about this?
- Choose to reuse when it comes to shopping bags and bottled water. Cloth bags and metal or glass reusable bottles are available locally at great prices.
- Refuse single-serving packaging, excess packaging, straws and other “disposable” plastics. Carry reusable utensils in your purse, backpack or car to use at bbq’s, potlucks or take-out restaurants.
- Reduce everyday plastics such as sandwich bags and juice cartons by replacing them with a reusable lunch bag/box that includes a thermos.
- Bring your to-go mug with you to the coffee shop, smoothie shop or restaurants that let you use them, which is a great way to reduce lids & plastic cups.