How you can help our Marine Life!
Most of us go to Grocery Stores to buy our food and supplies, right?
If you've gone there lots of times, you probably would have noticed that most use plastic bags to store your fresh groceries and for you to carry them home. You may not yet have thought a lot about it….
Now, here's a fact for you: Plastic bags take 10 - 20 years to decompose! There may be some of you, who want to be environmentally friendly but don't want to give up the more accessible option. You put your groceries in the plastic bags, and when you're done, you send them to be recycled. However, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, only 9% of plastic is recovered for recycling! This means that 91% of the plastic is dumped in landfills, and much of it never makes it that far, since plastic tends to end up in local waterways and our oceans.
Has anybody seen water bottles? The plastic ones? Those ones that people prefer to buy? Yes, those ones. They take 450 years to decompose. 450 years! Although that plastic bottle will only last you about 1 or 2 days, the plastic will endanger all marine life for 450 years!
So, for those of you who want to make a difference, you might be asking yourself: What can I do to help the ocean? Here's an idea…
- Use a re-usable bag when you go food shopping
- Refuse a straw at a restaurant; it's as easy as saying "no straw, please" when requesting beverages at eateries and cafés. This will clearly reduce plastic in the oceans, and it will cause less endangerment since plastic straws take up to 200 years to decay. If you really like drinking through straws, then ask the restaurant for a paper or bamboo straw
- Drink from a reusable bottle or coffee cup, as this reduces plastic bottles and waste that will end up in the ocean resulting in really harmful micro plastics. (Bonus: This is also a cheaper option in the long run).
In the future, I would encourage everyone to reduce their plastic use, for a better life, better present, and a better future, not just for us, but for the 228,450 known species of marine creatures who have made their home in the sea.
Enter into our Eco Sea Life Art Competition and have your design on our forthcoming re-usable water bottles & Coffee cups.
Joshua, Year 8