Did you know that, according to a new study, by the year 2050 plastic garbage will outweigh fish in our world's oceans if we don't take drastic measures to reduce and recycle? A staggering 95% of plastic packaging material is discarded after one use, much of which finds its way into the ocean.
The report done by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation claims that at least 8 million tons of plastic rubbish ends up in oceans worldwide every year, equal to one garbage truckful every minute. If this continues, these numbers will double by 2030 and potentially quadruple by 2050.
No one person, company, or organization alone is responsible for this plastic trash catastrophe. Therefore, it's going to take ALL of us working together to make the necessary changes.
Cities, counties, countries, governments, corporations, small business owners, consumers, plastic packaging companies, and all the way down to individual human beings have to work together to truly enact change.
We all have to do our part in order to avoid single-use products every chance we can. Ask yourself each day, how many single-use products am I going to use today?
Will I be packing my children's lunches using disposable plastic baggies? Am I planning on bringing a single-use plastic water bottle to work or buying one "on the run" today? Am I going to drink out of a soda can at dinner? Am I going to stop at Starbuck's and order a drink in a disposable cup? Am I going to ask the cashier at Target or the grocery store to pack my items in their disposable bags?
These moments (and countless more) crop up for people every day and most of us don't even think about it or realize it. And these moments represent a HUGE opportunity for change.
There's an eco-friendly (and friendlier on the wallet!) solution for each one of these moments: buy your kids washable lunch totes and sacks that can be reused daily; invest in a reusable water bottle to carry with you wherever you go; cut out soda for both ecological and health reasons; bring a reusable portable mug to Starbuck's for your daily coffee/tea run; always have reusable grocery bags in your car so you never have to opt for a disposable bag at the store.
Even if you only make two of these changes, you're making progress and being part of the change the natural environment so desperately needs. These solutions, while they do take a bit of forethought, are ultimately easy to do and so much better for the world around us.
Think of how many magical ocean creatures you could be saving by making better daily choices! It's a no-brainer for us at Water Gallery.
As always, reduce, reuse, recycle, and conserve. Small, everyday changes make a huge difference!