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Eco-fact Friday: Single-Use Plastic is Damaging Marine Life

Did you know that over the past 10 years, we have produced more plastic products than the entirety of the last century? The demand for plastic has obviously caused this-- when consumers ask, the market responds. We as humans have made single-use plastic such an integral part of our daily lives and it just seems like we have lost sight of how consequential this is on our natural environment.

When you think of the fact that plastic kills more than 1 million sea birds and over 100,000 marine animals annually, it should make us never want to touch another piece of disposable plastic ever again. But we humans want convenience and single-use plastic is so commonplace and so widespread these days, tackling the plastic-related environmental issues seems like an insurmountable obstacle.

Keep single-use plastic out of our oceans! Say no to single-use plastic!

We can't change the damage that has already been done and that weighs heavily on our hearts at Water Gallery. But we can all start making better choices in our daily drinking vessels as well as food containers and utensils-- show the plastic manufacturers that the demand for plastic is slowing down! Show them that we are no longer interested in consuming food and beverages in single-use plastic containers! Sending a message with our wallets by not buying plastic is one of the most powerful things we can do.

And there are choices we can make that go beyond what we buy. For example, bring your own silverware and reusable drinking vessels with you when you go to a backyard bbq, a work party, or a street fair. You may get some strange looks from people around you, but those are the moments that you can really help others understand WHY this is so important, the "teachable" moments.

Explain that the plastic fork that you would have used and then chucked into a garbage can was either going to end up in a landfill or in the ocean and with the minimal effort it took to pack yourself a reusable fork, you made a big difference in the life of a marine animal. Your small gesture made a huge stride in the right direction.

And if you can, through your simple responsible environmental actions, compel one person to make a small change like this, you've been part of the change you want to see on several levels. Spread the word to your friends, family, and co-workers about how important these daily choices are and it will have a rippling effect. Don't our natural environment and animals deserve these small human sacrifices we can all make? The answer is an unequivocal yes, in our opinion.

Example of reusable, portable "silverware"

Remember, always reduce, reuse, recyle. Small, everyday changes can make a big difference.


Mar 09, 2021 • Posted by fuwyuzpnzh

Muchas gracias. ?Como puedo iniciar sesion?

Aug 11, 2015 • Posted by Karen Eifert Jones

Great message. Thanks for sharing.

Aug 11, 2015 • Posted by Janina

We all need to do our part. Using the glass bottles and recycling helps.

Aug 10, 2015 • Posted by Heather

Wow great read! Definitely something I never really thought of. As I do try and use tote bags & real silverware I am horrible with plastic bottled water. I like the taste more than anything! I’ve purchased some of the glass bottles, I’m excited to receive & hope I stop using so many plastic ones!

Aug 08, 2015 • Posted by Jill Bloom

Wyland is one of the first to introduce me the beauty of the ocean. Because of him & others I have passed my knowledge & love of the ocean to grandchildren.Will continue to decrease plastic use,clean up the beaches when I can.

Aug 08, 2015 • Posted by Vicki

I just left a message but forgot to put my email!
We recycle and reuse on a daily basis. Trying to get the rest of my family too also. I leave reusable totes at their homes, but some are still stubborn to use them!

Aug 08, 2015 • Posted by Denise

Thanks for sharing – we all need to do our part in saving the planet!

Aug 08, 2015 • Posted by Sherry Carter

Wow!! Thanks for sharing this!! Hoping to win my son Wyland a bottle to add to his Wyland collection!

Aug 08, 2015 • Posted by Aaron Hightower

It kills me to see plastics destroying living beings in the oceans! I own a set of To-Go Ware!

Aug 08, 2015 • Posted by Donna Castillo

All the hard elements that the marine life endures on a daily bast and people continue to harm them without remorse. It so sad. I love the works of Wyland & you for helping.

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