Saturday, October 13, 2012

Our Daily Ocean: Day 161

I got to Wrightsville Beach bright and early this morning... 9 is early, right? ;) to chat with Melanie (from Greensboro, NC) about plastic.  Before I got to sharing how I reduce the amount of plastic our family uses, recycles, and throws away... I started a quick beach clean up.
What's great about doing a beach clean up and talking about reducing plastic is that every time I bend over to pick up something... it's most always plastic.  Doing consistent beach clean ups has been a major catalyst in me focusing on how much plastic we as a family use and connecting our plastic use with the global problem of plastic pollution.
Easy ways to become part of the solution to plastic pollution:

  • Carry reusable shopping bags.  Take them everywhere from the grocery store to the mall.
  • Say adios! to bottled water (and other plastic packaged beverages)
  • When dining out request no straw in your drink (you can even request no disposables)
  • Carry a bag with reusables so you're not stuck using plasticware or styrofoam take-out containers
  • Instead of single serving products (juice boxes, granola bars, fruit cups, chips, etc), buy the larger size with less packaging or learn to make your own!  Check out my Plastic-Free Food 
  • Share what you're doing with others!  Do you have a tip on how you use less plastic?

Let's get drastic about reducing plastic... because in today already walks tomorrow.
20 minutes on October 13, 2012 at Access 16

Cigarette butts: 132
Straws: 4
Total amount of cigarette butts removed from Wrightsville Beach, NC in 161 days:
51,098