Holy Moly! Did you know there is something called the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”? It’s a floating accumulation of plastic in the Pacific Ocean; and it’s TWICE the size of Texas! Uh, what?! And what’s worse, it’s not the only one. Check it out – there are five (see photo)! Plastic garbage is expected to TRIPLE in the next decade outnumbering marine life in our oceans. That’s just NUTS! It’s crazy to think that there could be more plastic by weight than fish in the world’s oceans by 20501. Anyone who knows me, knows I love the beach and ocean. I named one of my lipsticks Mas Olas (“more waves” in Spanish) because I love it so much!
Today, plastics account for 80% of marine liter. Recently the European Union banned the use of single use plastic consumer items including plates, cutlery and straws by 2021 joining the many countries and cities doing the same. We may not have a complete ban here in the U.S. but I think we should do our part and not contribute to the waste. Here are things you can do and purchase to ensure we continue to have beautiful beaches and oceans.
Limit your use of single use plastics!
Bring your own cutlery. Check out this Bamboo Cutlery Set. It includes a bamboo straw which I like better than the metal reusable ones. Save your teeth!
Get a lunch box and bring your lunch. There are a bunch of cute bento box type lunch boxes, lunch bags and thermoses you can find on Amazon. Personally, I like the Packit freezable lunch bags. Super convenient. Fold it up and put it in the freezer overnight. Pack your food in the morning and your food stays fresh until lunch. It’s roomy and can attach to your backpack.
If you need to pick up food to go, bring your own container. Pull out your Tupperware or grab one of these Preserve 2Go Reusable Take Out Boxes:
Dude, if you haven’t gotten a reusable water bottle yet, go out and buy one now. Plastic water bottles and caps are top offenders on the plastic pollution list. See the full list of marine life waste ranked here. As far as I’m concerned, you can never have too many reusable beverage containers. And there are so many cute ones why not accessorize to match your task or activity. Right? Here are a few brands we like.
Copco Hydra Reusable Tritan Water Bottles – There’s a lot to like about this bottle. One, you can add ice by unscrewing the two halves. Two, it doesn’t sweat and has a grip. Three, it’s light weight and the perfect size for lunches or to throw in your backpack.
Takeya Stainless Steel Water Bottles – We love Takeya stainless steel bottles. The wide mouth to add ice is great; and it’s easy to clean. They come in many different colors and sizes and keep liquid hot (12 hrs) and cold (24 hrs).
Hyrdo Flask Travel Coffee Mug – Here’s another favorite that comes in four sizes (12, 16, 18 and 20 oz) and several different colors. The lid style makes it great for sipping warm beverages.
S’well Stainless Steel Water Bottles – These come in endless cute patterns. Note, you sacrifice the ability to add ice with the skinny neck design. But still, sometimes you want to wear heels instead of flats. Not the most practical but hawt, right? 😊
Wash your polyester clothes in special fabric bags.
The microfibers that wash off these fabrics make their way into the ocean, the stomachs of marine life and ultimately our seafood. A recent UC Davis study sampled seafood sold at local markets in Half Moon Bay and found that one-quarter of fish and one-third of shellfish contained plastic debris. I also read this crazy statistic that these plastics are in almost all salt! Y’all, we’re consuming plastic! Ewww. There’s a company out of Sweden doing great things and created these fabric bags called Guppyfriend (cute name, right?) to prevent microplastics from getting into our oceans and food supply.
Having a party and can’t fathom washing all those dishes? Then use an eco-friendly alternative. Check out these cute paper straws and these plastic free biodegradable plates and cutlery made from cornstarch.
There are many items that your local city sanitation will recycle. But there are some items they don’t take that other organizations will recycle for you. For example, recycle your empty make up containers through TerraCycle, a company who collects and repurposes almost any kind of waste product. It’s easy and free. You just sign up, pack all your empties and ship. The company takes care of it from there. The company accepts cosmetic packaging such as lipstick cases, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eye shadow cases, bronzer cases, foundation packaging, eyeliner cases, eyeliner pencils, eye shadow tubes, concealer tubes, concealer sticks and lip liner pencils. You can even set up a TerraCycle collection program at your school, organization or business. It’s a good way to make sure this waste doesn’t end up in our oceans!
1. World Economic Forum report: http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_The_New_Plastics_Economy.pdf
Other resources to read about plastic pollution:
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