“𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑐𝑒𝑎𝑛 𝑖𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑒𝑡. 𝐿𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑝𝑢𝑚𝑝𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑏𝑙𝑜𝑜𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑏𝑜𝑑𝑦, 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑐𝑒𝑎𝑛 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑠 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑎𝑐𝑟𝑜𝑠𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐸𝑎𝑟𝑡ℎ, 𝑛𝑜 𝑚𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑤𝑒 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒.”
The ocean is polluted!
Every year nearly 9 million tons of plastic enter the ocean. Most of this plastic waste comes from improper trash disposal, as plastic finds its way through rivers and streams down to the sea. It litters our ocean, forming large garbage patches in ocean gyres, and accumulates on beaches even in remote uninhabited islands. Plastic breaks down into small particles in the ocean where it is eaten by fish, turtles, seabirds, and whales.
In the throwaway society we live in today, raw resources are being pulled from the earth to create products which are dumped into landfills or the ocean. Zero Waste is the conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse and recovery of products, packaging and materials without burning, and with no discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health.
What should we do?
Beach clean ups are a great way to properly dispose of litter already produced, however we want to tackle this problem at the source. By adopting a Zero Waste lifestyle, we can take the first step to eliminate litter and waste which can do harm to ocean and marine life.
You can help to reduce the amount of plastic by recycling, properly disposing of your trash, and avoiding single-use plastics. Simple choices you make such as taking reusable bags with you to the grocery store, saying no to straws, and refilling your water bottle instead of buying one from the store are small steps you can take, that when made collectively by society, make a positive impact on our environment.
In shorts, Zero Waste is the best choice to start saving our ocean!