You Are What You Eat and What You Toss Comes Back to You
What goes into the oceans, eventually ends up back in you. As the big brained-mammal at the top of the food chain, we can’t expect to kill off the bottom of the chain and still survive ourselves.
Surfrider has a campaign called Rise above Plastics created by Pollinate. This PSA campaign lends a strong visual to the truth that nothing is truly disposable, it may change form, but returns to us in one way or another.
Surfrider Foundation wants you to the Plastics Pledge on their website. By doing that you are pledging to:
– Use reusable bottles for water and other drinks. By using just one reusable bottle, you will keep 167 single-use plastic bottles from entering the environment.
– Use cloth bags for groceries and other purchases. For each reusable bag, you will save approximately 400 plastics from being used.
– Recycle the plastic bags and bottles you already have. For every thirteen plastic bags you don’t use, you will save enough petroleum to drive a car one mile.
We can go beyond this by working together to institute plastic bag bans in our cities like those in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. When Ireland placed a hefty tax on plastic bags, within weeks plastic bag usage dropped by 94%.
It is encouraging to see so many communities taking this issue up. Check out the progress at http://plasticbagbanreport.com/category/bans/.
What is your community doing about plastic bags?
- SeaWorld to do away with plastic bags (clickorlando.com)