Our company recently decided that the non-profit we will be contributing to this year (2018) is The Lonely Whale foundation, who recently launched their most recent and successful campaign, Stop Sucking.
Adrian Grenier and Lucy Sumner are the founders of this non-profit to inspire empathy toward marine species and develop life-long advocates for ocean health. When looking into ocean conservation non-profits to contribute to, it was more difficult than I imagined. A lot of huge oceanic non-profits who we'd heard in the past all had a partial mission to create sustainable oceans in order to create more healthy seafood options.
While I understand the idea and am a huge advocate for health, overfishing (for food & $$$) is a large contributor to our ocean eco-system imbalance, marine specie extinction, pollution & much more. We resonated more with The Lonely Whale's mission; they had tangible, easy steps people could take in order to positively benefit our oceans.
Learning about the Stop Sucking campaign inspired me to look into what plastics are doing to our oceans to try and find other easy steps to take action on.
Here's what I found:
What plastic is doing to our oceans, marine life and underwater ecosystems
Tons of wildlife ingest the plastics you use everyday.Fish, sea turtles, marine mammals and even birds suffer from the human plastic consumption. Tons of fish and seabirds will ingest plastics, where they get stuck to their gut, which blocks them from digestion and leads harmful chemicals leaking into their system. Not only do they eat plastic, but it will tangle around their necks and debilitate them, by either choking them or limiting their mobility. 5,000 to 15,000 sea turtles are entangled every single year.
It alters ecosystems. Plastic disrupts the ocean's bio-geo cycle causing unwanted problems to the entire marine ecosystem. Several species are on the brink of extinction due to this.
You'll start to ingest plastics. As plastics break down into little particles who's chemicals get soaked up & ingested by marine life, the creatures we collect for consumption are infected with the toxic plastic chemicals. Ingesting plastics, as we may know, are connected to a number of issues, such as cancer, birth defects, immunity problems, and child development issues.
A recent study conducted by The State University of New York just discovered that 93% of bottled drinking water contains microplastics. Just more of a reason to avoid plastic water bottles & go veggie for the planet!
So, what are some things we can do?
I'm glad you asked. There are tons of small things that you can do in order to minimize our throw-away society:
- First and foremost, SKIP THE PLASTIC STRAWS. And if you can't do your research and find reusable or biodegradable options.
- Use reusable grocery bags, or if you mess up, reuse your plastic ones for shopping, trash, lunch, OVER & OVER again. Then, make sure you recycle them properly.
- Upgrade to stainless steel & glass tupperware options, as well as reusable coffee cups & some bamboo utensils for when you're on the go.
- Try to avoid purchasing foods packaged in plastics - farmer's markets are good for this one.If you can't, try to make the plastic useful again!
- Pick up multiple BPA-free water bottles (better to have more if you need to loan some to friends, etc.)
- If you shop for produce at farmer's markets, farmers would love to refill your fruit/veggie containers again! (They save money & you save waste)
- Use razors with replaceable blades. Then again, dispose of blades properly.
- Use cloth baby diapers, reusable feminine hygiene products,
- Make the switch to more sustainable toiletries; bamboo toothbrushes, shampoo & conditioner bars, environmentally-friendly/refillable floss.
- And SO much more...
The choices we decide to make today affect the way your children and grand children live and experience the world.
Imagine your grandchildren having to relieve our coral reefs or giant sea turtles through books, TV shows or photographs and never having the chance to experience it themselves? Or, imagine your children experiencing developmental or health issues because of the food you choose to eat?
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