Healthy Oceans ,Healthy Planet is the theme for this year’s World Oceans Day. This year’s unofficial holiday is not just about enjoying beaches , but also respecting the Earth’s aquatic resources. This year we are urged toward eliminating plastic pollution.
The World Economic Forum put out a report in January that shows that by 2050, there could be more plastic in our oceans(by weight) than fish. As much as 165 million tons of the stuff is thought to be floating around right now. Most plastic is not biodegradeable, and a great majority of it is not being recycled effectively , thus the great amount of dumpage.
Here are six ways to cut down of the amount of plastic waste….
- Buy Beer: Saltwater Brewery of Florida has created a packaging that is edible to animals in the sea and on the land. Sadly, it is not unusual for animals to get the plastic rings, that are often used for packaging, caught up and choke or get stuck in them. We have all most likely seen pictures of this already.
- Drink Water Differently: Use refillable water bottles. We will save money and create less waste.
- Shop ’til You Drop: Plastic bags can get caught around sea animals necks or in their digestive tracks. Bring Cloth bags when you shop.
- Pick It Up: Join in on a litter pick up day in your area.
- Leave No Trace: Remember the old adage” take nothing ,but pictures..leave nothing, but footprints”.
- Other Was to Help: Eat sustainable seafood. Eat fish or crustaceans that are caught in such a way as to preserve their populations. Sustainable fish farms are very conscience of pollution and disease. worldoceansday.org