21 Jun Announcing ZAPPLASTIC.CO!
Awaken your power to ignite positive change.
We know right now it would be near impossible to eliminate plastic from your life. When plastics entered our world we all thought “Plastics are the way of the future!”
And it was.
Until we realized our global population is growing at such a rapid pace that we cannot use a resource that is not sustainable. And that means biodegradable. Plastic cannot biodegrade. Not ever. It will simply break down into smaller and smaller particles that will ooze toxins and leech out into our atmosphere our oceans our earth our water and eventually us.
Imagine this. A colorful shiny plastic particle floats by. A little fishy. Mmmmm. What a yummy looking morsel thinks the fishy. And he eats it. A fisher person comes along and catches that fishy. And ta da! There is that delicious fishy on your plate. And so it goes.
Uh oh. Are we destined to Become plastic people?
Hallelujah! The alternatives are here! Yes. they are yet to be perfected and find their way comfortably and effortlessly into our culture and lifestyle. Rest assured many of us are working on options.
The unmitigated facts speak for themselves.
Change begins with you. And me. And all of us together to bring a higher consciousness to how we continue to consume. And the future we want to leave our children and their children. And so on and so on.
I invite you to our new website aimed at making that change. Join us at zapplastic.co. ️️
DID YOU KNOW?
- 500 million straws are thrown away every day. That’s enough to wrap around the earth 2.5 times every single day.
- Between Hawaii and California, there is a massive floating island of waste, three times the size of France, and two times the size of Texas.
- A single disposable plastic cup can take up to 80 years to decompose.
- 1 million plastic cups are used every six hours just on airline flights within the United States.
- Between 4 and 12 million metric tons of plastic waste enter the ocean each year, enough to cover every foot of coastline on the planet. And that amount is expected to more than double in the next 10 years.
ARE YOU READY TO MAKE AN IMPACT?
- Reduce Your Use of Single-Use Plastics | The easiest way to make an impact on the amount of plastics in the oceans, is to reduce your own use of single-use plastics, including plastic bags, water bottles, straws, cups, utensils, dry cleaning bags, take-out containers, and any other plastic items that are used once and then discarded. Refuse single-use plastics when they are offered to you at restaurant (this might be a great conversation opener about plastic alternatives) and make sure you always carry your reusable grocery bags, water bottles, produce bags, utensils and coffee cups.
- Participate in a Beach, River or Neighborhood Cleanup | the most direct way to rid the ocean of plastics, is to participate in, or organize, a cleanup. It’s can be as simple as bringing a group of friends to a beach, waterway or neighborhood to pickup trash with gloves, trash bags and trash pickers, or you can join a local organization’s cleanup or an international event like the International Coastal Cleanup.
- Recycle | This one might seem obvious, but recycling plastic makes a huge difference in the amount of new plastics that are produced.
- Avoid Microbeads | Tiny plastic particles, called “microbeads,” have become a growing source of ocean plastic pollution in recent years. Microbeads are found in some face scrubs, toothpastes, and body washes, and they readily enter our oceans and waterways through our sewer systems, and affect hundreds of marine species. Avoid products containing plastic microbeads by looking for “polythelene” and “polypropylene” on the ingredient labels of your cosmetic products.
- Spread the word
- Write to your city council asking them to make policy changes that better our environment.
- Encourage restaurants and hotels to use plastic alternatives.
- Use social media for good! Share your own story about changes you’ve made to your daily routine in order to help #ZAPPLASTIC.
- Download the Ocean Heroes Action Toolkit Campaign Planner. This Action Toolkit walks you through the creation of a campaign to achieve real plastic fighting results – To stop the use of plastic straws in your community!
This Action Toolkit walks you through the creation of a campaign to achieve real plastic fighting results – to stop the use of plastic straws in your community! #OCEANHEROES