World Ocean Day is Wednesday June 8th. The theme this year is plastic. According to http://www.worldoceansday.org/ "The ocean and its wildlife is choking on plastic and we need to not only clean it up but stop this pollution at its source." Sadly, the source is us.
The first thing that needs to happen in reducing our plastic consumption is awareness. Becoming aware of how much plastic you use is sobering. In this day and age I'm not sure it's possible to completely plastic free but you can change your behavior and be single use plastic free. Single use is any plastic used only one time- think straws. According to Adrian Grenier, star of HBO's Entourage, "in the US we throw out about 500 million plastic straws a day." These straws break down into tiny, attractive "food" for many small sea creatures. It's possible to buy reusable straws made out of bamboo or steel. And you need to let food servers know that you don't want a straw or stirrer in your drink. It sounds relatively simple, but it will take some awareness and forethought to be 100% successful.
Another easy way to reduce your plastic use is not ever using a plastic shopping bag. Keep a couple of spare bags in your car or purse. Of course, it will be inconvenient- you will forget your bags and have to walk back to the car or just load your items in the shopping cart without any bags.
Sometimes when the news is so daunting it seems like there is nothing you can do. But, every small step helps and spreading the word about our current overuse of plastic is vital.
Get outside to your nearest ocean, river, lake or stream and enjoy the beauty of water.
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