HOW TO : Help Fight Marine Plastic Pollution
DID YOU KNOW?
70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by oceans. And over 40% of those oceans are littered with plastic!
Every minute, the equivalent of a dump truck of plastic waste enters the Oceans.
For every human on the planet, there’s 1 ton of plastic waste.
By 2050, there may be more plastic than fish in our oceans.
Every piece of plastic ever created still exists in some form; plastic does not go away.
More than half of the world’s sea turtles have plastic in their stomachs.
90% of big fish have disappeared since 1950.
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea.
Microplastic beads can easily find their way into the diet of ocean wildlife. In fact, a study in California found that up to 25% of seafood in fish markets contained microplastic in its system. If you’re a seafood lover, you may unknowingly be ingesting thousands of microplastic beads each year.
Marine plastic pollution isn’t just ruining the natural beauty of our seas — it’s causing devastating damage to our environment and wildlife on a global scale. Convenience should not trump the future of our planet. Remember, there is no PLANET B! The great news is there are little steps you can take in your day-to-day to make a huge impact over time.
Here’s a few things YOU can do to help fight marine plastic pollution.
B.Y.O.B (& B.Y.O.W.B) - Bring Your Own Bag + Bring Your Own Water Bottle
It doesn’t take much to bring a reusable bag when you go to the store or pack an aluminum/ reusable water bottle for on-the-go! ONE plastic bag can kill multiple sea creatures. They can cause fatal blockages when swallowed. Scary Fact - these bags take so long to degrade that a dead animal that decomposes can release the plastic bag that killed it back into the ocean for another animal to eat………
And only 31% of plastic water bottles are recycled… by 2021, consumption of them is set to hit half a trillion bottles - this is a plastic item that we can completely try to avoid.
Say NO to Plastic Straws
Over 2 million single-use plastic straws are used every day in Toronto alone! That's almost 1 per person per day! Something that is used for 10 minutes stays on our planet forever - and majority ending up in the oceans… JUST SAY NO (thank you) when offered a straw or ask for a better alternative (like paper straws) if you absolutely, absolutely need one. Better yet, buy a reusable metal straw that you can carry around with you!
Ditch the Plastic Containers + Invest in Glass Containers or Mason Jars)
If you’re like me and love to meal-prep, definitely invest in glass food containers or mason jars. Mason jars are great to pack salads in FYI!!! PRO-TIP - pack the more wet ingredients on the bottom so things don’t get soggy when you store! I digress. Even though this is not a single-use plastic item, it will inevitably end up in our landfills and oceans. Another not-so-fun fact, some plastic containers use polycarbonate, which has been shown to leach the harmful hormone-disrupting chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) into food items after repeated uses. So do our planet, and your own health a favour - and LEVEL-UP to glass!
Single-use packaging is everywhere. From food items to personal care items, it accounts for 40% of plastic waste in the world. To cut down, you can start buying some ingredients in loose-bin bulk stores. Instead of reaching for that packaged energy bar, make your own energy bites and store them in a little mason jar for an on-the-go treat! It’s better for the environment, better for your health (staying away from processed packaged food), and better for your pocket! When it comes to personal care items too, you can make a conscious effort to get bar soaps without packaging, instead of getting body wash in plastic bottles. Every little change counts!
Also exciting news - Canada plans to ban some single-use plastic items like straws, bags and cutlery by early 2021 - to reduce non-recyclable waste and protect our world's oceans!
#RunForTheOceans 2019 - adidas x Parley Ocean School
On June 11th, Toronto rallied together for this global movement to address this problem of marine plastic pollution. I had the extreme pleasure of joining fellow adidas ambassador and founder of All Day Fit - Cassie Day - on stage to lead a group of 400+ in a warm-up + conditioning session before heading off for a 3K run by the water. The energy was amazing! The event was incredible! And the cause to bring awareness to marine plastic pollution invaluable!
If you didn’t get to join us for the run yesterday, you still have until June 16th to participate! Just download the Runtastic app on your phones and get running (…or walking)! For every km logged during Run for the Oceans 2019 (June 8-16, 2019), adidas will contribute $1 to Parley Ocean School (capped at $1.5M), to educate youth about the threat of plastic pollution and inspiring them to take action.
We need to #DoBetter. We need to #BeBetter. So, let’s do it together.