Beyond Our Beaches – The graphic impact of plastic on our oceans…

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Who doesn’t love a fun and relaxing day at the beach? It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family, while soaking up some sun. There’s a reason why beaches are some of our most loved vacation and retreat spots – they’re beautiful! But it might surprise you to learn what’s floating beyond these picturesque shorelines…

When you think about the ocean, you probably picture something like this… Hot sand, warm sunshine, and clear waters – a wonderful place to spend time with your loved ones.

What you don’t see, miles beyond the shore, is the devastating amount of pollution putting marine life at risk and damaging the Earth’s delicate ecosystem.

We recently shared a very moving video from BBC News on our Facebook page, in which underwater photographer Caroline Power shares the shocking truth about the amount of waste in our oceans. At less than 2 minutes, it’s a quick video and well worth watching.

As if the visual isn’t horrifying enough, we’ve uncovered some very unfortunate statistics on the impact of plastic debris in our oceans. Have a look…

DID YOU KNOW…?

  • 260 MILLION TONS of plastic is produced in the world each year – 10% of which ends up in our oceans.
  • Americans throw away an average of 35 BILLION plastic water bottles each year.
  • While the average water bottle takes 450 years to degrade, many common plastics can take 500-1000 years to fully break down.
  • Enough plastic is thrown away every year to circle the Earth 4X.
  • Half of the plastic we use is disposed of after a single use.
  • Plastic chemicals can be absorbed by our bodies. In fact, it’s been found that 93% of Americans over the age of 6 have tested positive for BPA.
  • Every year, 1 MILLION seabirds and 100,000 marine animals lose their lives to ocean pollution.

 

 

We NEED to do better.

The future of our planet depends on it.

While reusing the same laundry jug may seem like a minor step, the collective result is incredible. This year alone, MyGreenFills members have saved over 316,997 laundry jugs from being discarded – and that number is growing every day!

In addition to cutting down on unnecessary plastic by using our refillable jugs, all MyGreenFills refill pouches are #4 recyclable.

 

The huge mass of plastic waste floating in the Caribbean

A colossal ‘sea of plastic’ which stretches for miles has been found floating in the Caribbean.

So is it time to change our plastic bottle behaviour? (Via BBC Radio 5 live)

Posted by BBC News on Friday, November 3, 2017

 

Here are 10 other SUPER SIMPLE ways to reduce plastic waste.

  • Stop using plastic grocery bags! Reusable grocery totes are affordable, durable, and much friendlier on the environment.
  • Buy boxes instead of bottles whenever possible. (They even make boxed water now!)
  • Better yet – stop buying bottled water altogether.
  • Trade out your disposable products – like razors and straws – for reusable versions.
  • When you get takeout, ask that they DON’T include plastic cutlery.
  • Use cloth diapers! (We’ve got a whole post on cleaning these bad boys.)
  • Instead of buying bottled juice, opt for fresh-squeezed. It’s better for you and the planet!
  • Ditch the gum. (It’s made from a synthetic rubber/plastic.)
  • Whenever possible, shop for your groceries in bulk bins with reusable containers. This way, you’ll use the same jar or container over and over, creating less waste.
  • Always drink your coffee from reusable mugs – whether you’re at home or your favorite café.

As you can see, our days are full of opportunities to reduce our carbon footprint. It’s our responsibility as citizens of this world to make it a safe and thriving place to live. At MyGreenFills, we’re on a mission to leave this planet better than we found it.

So tell us – what are some of YOUR favorite ways to reduce plastic waste?

Leave us a comment below! We’d love to hear your tips.

STATS:

https://www.ecowatch.com/22-facts-about-plastic-pollution-and-10-things-we-can-do-about-it-1881885971.htm

LINKS TO PHOTOS:

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/06/140613-ocean-trash-garbage-patch-plastic-science-kerry-marine-debris/ (CREDIT: ERIK DE CASTRO, REUTERS)

https://www.pexels.com/photo/sea-sunny-beach-sand-38302/

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