Single-Use Plastic: A Sight for Sore Eyes

By July 18, 2011 Ocean News

The ‘A-HA’ Moment

It was made apparent to me during an interview I conducted with Chris Bone from Oceanswatch that plastic washes up on the beaches of what I thought were the most pristine areas in the world. How does this affect our livelihoods? Probably doesn’t affect us directly; however, just imagine hundreds of beaches, where you and I dream of travelling, are covered in plastic bits and pieces as far as the eye can see! How would that make you feel? It would depress the heck out of me.

The Insipring PSA

Check out the following PSA for plastic pollution from the people of Surfing for Change. It’s one of the best videos I’ve seen to date on the subject. What do you think?

The Misconception

I used to think most plastics were recyclable, but apparently I was wrong. Recycling is more of a money game (like most other things in the world). We can but as much plastic and other items that we think are recyclable in our blue bins, but they will only get recycled if there is a demand for the recycled items. The cost of recycling an item is also taken into account. Items that cost more to breakdown the material will not be recycled as much as items that cost less to breakdown. I don’t know which items are easier to breakdown. If someone knows please let me know!

An Alternative Lifestyle is not so Alternative Anymore

So if recycling doesn’t really work and throwing the items away will lead to the Ocean what do we do? Simple. We only use items that are reusable. Think about how many items we use in our daily lives that can be re-used. Drinking coffee, tea, water, juice, beer, or any other time of drinking can all be done in reusable canisters. In fact, the canisters tend to keep the liquid hot/cold depending on your preference. Grocery bags should be reusable. There is no reason why plastic bags should be used today when there is a plethora of reusable bags available on the market. It doesn’t make sense. Can you think of any other items? Let me know!

The Refusal

It is so easy to refuse single-use plastic these days especially after you discovering the many numbers of alternatives available today. We need to share how we all reuse our items or find alternatives to plastic. Speak Up for Blue is a place were sharing can happen on an international level. Don’t be shy. Ask how you can find alternatives for specific items or routines in your daily life. I encourage all of the readers to help everyone out!

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Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Paul Cross says:

    I use plastic silverware because I don’t like washing dishes. I burn my trash so my plastic doesn’t hurt the environment

  • Andrew Lewin says:

    The chemicals emitted from burning the plastic will cause a lot of damage to the environment. Sometimes, you just have to do what is best for the environment. Using reusable dishes is a better option than plastic any day.

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