It’s World Oceans Day! Let’s Say Sayonara to Single-Use Plastic

In July 2017, a study tallied up all the plastic ever made, arriving at the jaw-dropping figure of 8.3 billion metric tons. That was 11 months ago. How much more do you think has been added since then?

Most people get that plastic is a major problem, but the extent of†that problem eludes us. This is understandable, given that we generally don’t see the results of our own actions when it comes to plastic waste.

We’ll use a plastic straw in our smoothie, for example and excuse it as one small thing.

However, all those small things add up, until eventually what youíre left with is a garbage patch in the ocean thatís two time the size of Texas. Thatís a heck of a lot of plastic.

According to Reuse This Bag, we use over 320 million metric tons of plastic annually. Do the math on that, and itís easy to understand why the action focus for World Oceans Day 2018 is centered around†stopping†plastic pollution.

Single-Use Plastic is Destroying Our Oceans

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It would be bad enough if our garbage ended up only in landfills, but around 2.41 million metric tons of plastic end up in the sea each year. The resulting impact of plastic on marine and bird life is disastrous.

Just recently, a whale was found in Thailand with eighty shopping bags and other plastic debris clogging its stomach. It literally starved to death. Thatís just one story out of millions.

The number of countries and cities that have banned single-use plastics is growing. Itís time for all of us to step up and do our bit. Together, we can make single-use plastic obsolete.

By properly informing ourselves, weíll be able to view our actions as part of the collective whole, rather than standalone indiscretions that donít make all that much of a difference.

This infographic offers an in-depth look at plastic in the ocean. Along with dispelling myths around the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, it shows the impact of plastic pollution on†sea birds and marine life, including the harmful effects when these creatures eat plastic waste.
Plastics in Our Oceans [INFOGRAPHIC]
This video by National Geographic does a great job of explaining the history of plastic as well as the impact it’s had on the world and what we can do to make a difference. They, too, emphasize†the importance of eliminating single-use plastic.

What can you do to help?

If all we did was eliminate our use of single-use plastic, weíd make massive inroads into the problem. Avoiding plastic is a struggle, but it can be done. Here are some hacks to reduce your single-use plastic consumption:

  1. Carry your own travel mug.
  2. Carry your own eating utensils.
  3. Bring your own cloth shopping bags.
  4. Bring your own fresh produce bags, too.
  5. Donít use plastic straws.
  6. Carry a reusable water bottle.
  7. Buy in bulk to reduce packaging waste.
  8. Buy laundry detergent that comes in a box.
  9. Opt for zero waste lunches.
  10. Refuse plastic at the dry cleaner. Or skip the dry cleaner all together!
  11. Use eco-friendly shaving supplies.
  12. Stop buying single-use coffee pods.
  13. Avoid processed food.
  14. Use bar shampoo and soap.
  15. Light your fire with matches.
  16. Use cloth diapers instead of disposable.
  17. Ladies, make your period waste-free.
  18. Shop at package-free stores.
  19. Rethink your food storage options.
  20. Make reusable bowl covers†(or bribe someone to make them for you)

We all know what we need to do, it’s time to do it. Let’s all commit to saying sayonara to single-use plastic for good.

Photo Credit: Thinkstock

76 comments

Lesa D
Lesa D3 months ago

plastics are poison....

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Lesa D
Lesa D3 months ago

#138307 petition signed...

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Lesa D
Lesa D3 months ago

thank you Angela...

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Melanie S

Just makes me sick to think of the plastic island in the middle of the ocean!

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Danii P
Past Member 4 months ago

tyfs

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Danii P
Past Member 4 months ago

tyfs

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Danii P
Past Member 4 months ago

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Christine Stewart
Christine Stewart4 months ago

I always bring my own shopping bags!

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Leo Custer
Leo Custer4 months ago

Thank you for posting!

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Ruth S
Ruth S4 months ago

Thanks.

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